Prescription drug turn-in, a success

{gallery}/03_16_10/drugs{/gallery} The Eagle Point/Upper Rogue Chamber of Commerce participated in the state’s first Prescription Drug Turn-In Event. It was held one of  more than 30 held throughout the state on Saturday, Mar. 13. In Eagle Point, the hours were from 2-4 p.m. at the Ashpole Center.

Expired or unwanted prescription medications, unneeded over-the counter medicines, drugs that didn’t work or are no longer used were turned in. Some meds were turned in that had been used by deceased family members.

In addition, several turned in medications that had been used for dogs or cats.

Only drugs from individuals were turned in. The program did not allow businesses, foster homes, nursing homes and such to turn in medicines.

Eagle Point Police Senior Officer Steve Frantz was on duty to accept the drugs. He had to count each pill .

In the two hours that drugs were collected in Eagle Point, 28 people brought in their old medicines. Between the prescription drugs and over the counter pills, there were enough bottles to fill a six foot long lunchroom table.

Nearly every person that brought in meds learned about the program through the Independent. All were very pleased that the program was being done and many asked when the next such event would be held. The majority of those turning in medications were senior citizens.

Two Boy Scouts from Troop 48, Andrew Roberts and Tyler LaFever, volunteered to set up tables and chairs prior to the event and then returned to take them down at the end .
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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