Have unused prescription drugs sitting around? Turn them in today – Portland Tribune

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Shred sensitive documents and turn in unused prescription medication to keep them out of hands of people who could misuse them at Portland event.

Have sensitive documents or leftover prescription drugs you aren’t sure what to do with?

Take them to 4735 East Burnside St. today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a community shred, drug-turn in and food drive.

It’s hosted by Portland Police Bureau’s White Collar Crimes Unit, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Rivermark Community Credit Union.

Shredding documents and turning in drugs can prevent fraud and drug abuse.


Community members can bring up to two boxes or bags of documents to be shredded. Cardboard or three-ring binders aren’t accepted.

Food Drive

Sunshine Division donation barrels will be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and gently-used clothing for needy families. Donations are tax deductible and receipts will be provided upon request.

Prescription drug turn-in

Portland Police Officers and Crime Prevention staff will be on site for the anonymous turn-in of unused or expired prescription medications, to share information about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and to answer questions about the issue. All medications turned in at the event will be incinerated.

Acceptable items to get rid of: Prescription medications and samples, all over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.

Items not acceptable: Thermometers/Sharps/Syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens.

To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or www.oregonmetro.gov

Stats provided by the Portland Police Bureau:

In 2014, more than 1,700 young adults ages 18-25 in the U.S. died from prescription drug overdoses, which mostly related to opioid abuse (National Institute of Drug Abuse).

According to the DEA, 70 percent of youth surveyed get their prescription drugs from family and friends including medicine cabinets their own homes, and the homes of friends and grandparents.

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