Safe med disposal program launches in Oregon

The Medication Education & Disposal Project announced Thursday a free, statewide program and public education campaign to help Oregon residents dispose of medicine safely and conveniently. The organization operates over 200 locations across Oregon where residents can drop off expired or unwanted medicine. MED-Project is supported by the Pharmaceutical Product Stewardship Work Group, a nonprofit trade association of pharmaceutical companies.

Oregonians can visit or call 1-844-4-TAKE-BACK (1-844-482-5322) toll-free to find a convenient location to drop off their medicine. Residents who prefer to mail back their expired or unwanted medicine can request a pre-paid, mail-back package or locate a mail-back package distribution site, such as a local pharmacy.

“We want to encourage residents to take their medication as prescribed, store it securely and to safely dispose of unwanted or expired medicine,” said Dr. Victoria Travis, MED-Project’s national program director. “MED-Project’s drop-off box locations and mail-back services make drug disposal easy, convenient and safe.”

MED-Project provides free disposal options statewide to ensure residents have equitable access. These include neighborhood pharmacies, medical facilities, law enforcement offices and other community-based organizations.

MED-Project’s website includes free downloadable materials with information about the disposal program, and guidance on taking medication as directed and storing it securely. The public education campaign will include public service announcements across television, radio, digital, print and social media platforms statewide, including in historically underserved communities.


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David Harris

Short summary:

In Brookings, you can drop them off at the PD, or the Rite-Aid in Harbor

There will be a unified website later this Fall, but it isn’t ready yet

There are a couple larger organizations already doing this, and the OR page has links to those orgs, and lists what you can and cannot drop off.

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