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April 30 Prescription drug ‘take-back’ event at OHSU

Spring cleaning? Properly dispose of unused or expired medications to help prevent accidental overdoses, environmental harm
National Drug Take Back Day logo is a red/blue pill drawing next to the words National Drug Take Back Day.
Mark your calendar; April 30, 2022, is a prescription drug ‘take-back’ event at OHSU. (Getty Images)



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.

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

The following items will NOT be accepted:

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

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 30, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


OHSU Marquam Hill Physical Plant (outdoor vehicle turnaround)

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 in April 2021 collected 420 tons of unused, expired and unwanted medications across the country, bringing the program’s ten-year total to over 14.5 million pounds safely and responsibly discarded.

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