Drug Take Back Day set April 24

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On Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Curry County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Coos-Curry Electric Co-Op to give the public its 20th opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your medications on April 24 for disposal to either the Curry County Sheriff’s Office at 29808 Colvin St, Gold Beach, or to the Coos-Curry Electric Co-Op parking lot at 43050 Hwy 101, Port Orford. (The Curry County Sheriff’s Office & DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. Only pills and patches.) This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the collection at Coos Curry Electric will be drive up. We are asking that people observe the recommendations from the CDC and Oregon Health Authority by wearing a mask while in the sheriff’s office to drop off unwanted medications.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of poisonings and overdoses.  

For information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 24, Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or contact the Curry County Sheriff’s Office at 541-247-3242.

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