A team effort

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office partnered with Coos Curry Electric Co-Op to collect 75 pounds of unwanted medication during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

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On April 24, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office partnered with Coos Curry Electric Co-Op and the DEA to participate in the 20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The sheriff’s office collected approximately 75 pounds of unused, unwanted and/or expired medications between the collection sites in Gold Beach and Port Orford. This collection prevented these medications from potentially being misused and abused or being improperly disposed of.

This spring, the sheriff’s office brought the event to North Curry County with the partnership from Coos Curry Electric Co-Op. CCEC graciously allowed the sheriff’s office the use of their property in Port Orford for a collection site. Every year, deputies see more support for this event and more medications being collected. It is the Curry County Sheriff’s Office’s intention to hold this event in Harbor in the fall and Port Orford in the spring moving forward.

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind people that they can bring in unwanted medications to the sheriff’s office lobby in Gold Beach anytime throughout the year for disposal. You may also contact your local pharmacy for medication disposal. Many have collection boxes or are aware of resources to help. The only items that cannot be accepted are liquids, syringes and sharps materials. People with these items are encouraged to contact Curry Transfer & Recycling for options on proper disposal.

For more information regarding the Drug Take Back day event national statistics, please go to www.DEATakeBack.com

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