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April 24: Prescription drug ‘take-back’ event at OHSU

Spring cleaning? Here’s a chance to properly dispose of unused or expired medication while helping to prevent accidental overdoses, environmental harm
6 orange prescription drug bottles on a white background, some open spilling pills
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OHSU will host a drug disposal event in observance 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. Drive-thru and walk-up options will be available.

OHSU experts will be on hand to answer questions. All donations are anonymous.

In alignment with COVID-19 public health guidance, physical distancing and 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 bag

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 discarding their empty medication bottles at home in alignment with local waste management and/or recycling guidelines.


Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



OHSU Marquam Hill Physical Plant (outdoor vehicle turn around)

3310 S.W. U.S Veterans Hospital 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. Take Back Day 2020 collected nearly a million pounds of unused, expired and unwanted medications across the country, bringing the program’s ten-year total to 13.7 million pounds safely and responsibly discarded.

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