Approximately 3% of the prescriptions written in the US are unused. In Oregon, that translates to a possible 1,004,200 prescriptions unused annually in Oregon - 663,000 from residents and another 341,000 from long-term care facilities.
Some of these unwanted and unused prescription drugs reach Oregon’s environment; others reach those they were not prescribed to.
The Milwaukie Police Department, in partnership with the pharmacy team from Providence Milwaukie Hospital and the Milwaukie Public Safety Advisory Committee, will host a prescription drug turn-in day Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Milwaukie Public Safety Building, located at 3200 SE Harrison Street.
This drug turn-in event is designed to raise awareness of the abuse of prescription drugs and to keep potentially dangerous drugs out of our landfills and waterways. The event will allow citizens to anonymously drop off unneeded or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal. This event is part of Providence Milwaukie Hospital’s Community Health in Motion program.
For more information call (503) 786-7503.