Get rid of old, unused prescription drugs, Sept. 25

The Eagle Point/Upper Rogue Chamber of Commerce and the City of Eagle Point  will co-sponsor a drug “Take Back” event on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10-2 p.m. at the Ashpole Center, adjacent to the Eagle Point City Hall.

This is the second such program held this year. However, this time those bringing in medicine may remove the medication from its container and place it directly into a disposal box or dispose of it in its original container. There will be a  box for depositing the drugs. Liquids must remain in their original containers.

Last spring, the police officer on duty had to count, inventory or log each pill. That is not the case this year although an officer will be required to be on duty during the four-hour event.

The Sept. 25 “Take-Back” is part of a national campaign sponsored nationally by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.  Getting the unused, old drugs out of the house keeps them out of the hands of youth or others tempted to take them.

There is no charge and it is an anonymous program. No intra-venous solutions, injectables or needles will be accepted. Illicit substances are not accepted.

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