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Oct. 24: OHSU hosts prescription drug ‘take-back’ event

Help prevent accidental overdoses, environmental harm by properly disposing of unused, expired medications
7 orange prescription bottles, several varieties of loose pills on a white surface
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OHSU will host a drug disposal event in recognition of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Community members are invited to safely and responsibly dispose of unused or expired medications free of charge. OHSU experts will be on hand to answer questions. All donations are anonymous.

In alignment with COVID-19 public health guidance, physical distancing and the use of face coverings will be required.

OHSU will accept the following items:

  • Expired or unused prescription medications and samples
  • Over-the-counter and off-the-shelf medications
  • Vitamins
  • Pet medications
  • Medicated ointments and liquid medications
  • Needles that are capped and placed in a clean, clear, labeled zip lock ba

The following items will NOT be accepted:

  • Thermometers
  • Sharps or syringes
  • IV bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Aerosol cans
  • Inhalers
  • EpiPens

Because recycling services will not be available at the take-back event, event participants should consider recycling their empty medication bottles at home.


Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



OHSU Emergency Department parking lot

3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, Oregon



The Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications, has helped to discard more than 12 million pounds of medications across the U.S. since its inception in 2010.

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