Effective March 2, 2020, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office medication turn-in boxes located at our Fairview and Troutdale offices will be removed. However, proper disposal options are still critical to combating the negative, often deadly impacts of medication abuse and addiction.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2011 that drug overdoses (41,340) kill more citizens than falling (28,360), guns (32,351) and traffic crashes (33,692). National statistics regarding drug abuse and addiction are staggering, and we know through surveys that children have admitted to substance abuse starting at 12 years of age.
The Sheriff’s Office remains committed to preventing overdose-related deaths. While the Sheriff’s Office is removing our turn-in boxes, we want citizens to know there are options for the proper disposal of expired and/or unused medications. Improper disposing of medications by flushing them can have a negative impact on the environment and throwing them in the trash can result in medication being retrieved and sold by others.
Therefore, the Sheriff’s Office wants you to know there are two turn-in box options for citizens in East Multnomah County; the Fairview Target Pharmacy (during pharmacy hours) at 21500 NE Halsey Street and Walgreens at 1950 NE Burnside Street in Gresham. We encourage our communities to use the turn-in sites when considering disposal options. For information about proper disposal locations, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (503) 988-7300.