Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Drug Take-Back Event a Success


News Release from Benton Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: May 2nd, 2017 3:17 PM
Downloadable file: Drug_Take_Back_Press_Release_5.2.17.pdf
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office collected over 700 pounds of unwanted prescription medications at the Drug Take-Back Event on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Approximately 370 vehicles came through the event to drop off unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. The goal of the event, which was held at the Benton County Fairgrounds, was to keep unused prescription drugs from being misused and to help keep them out of the water supply.

Thirty-six (36) boxes of medications were collected and maintained in law enforcement custody until they were incinerated.

"We couldn't offer this important community service without the support of our Sheriff's Office volunteers and partners," said Undersheriff Greg Ridler. "Our certified Reserve Deputies provided traffic control and law enforcement security for the event and were supported by volunteers from our Auxiliary Team and Search and Rescue Units. The Philomath Police Department, Covanta, and Benton County Health Services were important partners."

This is the eighth year the Benton County Sheriff's Office has offered this service, which is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, as part of their National Take-Back Initiative. Prior to this year, the largest number of medications collected was in 2016 when 916 pounds were incinerated.

A number of national studies indicate that the intentional abuse of prescription drugs, particularly among teens, is a continuing concern. Additionally, disposing of medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash is discouraged, because it may lead to contamination of our drinking water.
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