Scouts offer service to dispose of old medication

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Getting rid of unused, expired and unwanted medications will be easy for area residents Saturday thanks to a “Drug Take Back Day.”

Organized by local Boy Scouts, area residents can bring any unwanted medications to Good Shepherd Medical Center Conference Room 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A representative from the Oregon State Police will be on hand to take the collection and medications will be disposed of to prevent contamination in the environment and local water systems.

“A lot of people don't understand that they really should not flush unused medications down the toilet or the sink, and you definitely should not put them in the garbage,” said Juli Gregory, education director for Good Shepherd. “I’m hoping that a lot of people will take advantage of this and have medications disposed of the proper way. There aren’t a lot of opportunities for something like this.”

This event was inspired by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take-Back Initiative in September, where, nationwide, 3,000 local and state law enforcement agencies collected 121 tons of prescription medications.

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