The Salem Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the biannual Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Peace Plaza on the city hall campus located at the 500 block of Commercial St SE.
Public Information officer Lieutenant Treven Upkes shared, “We’re please to host a drop location for residents to get rid of expired, unused or unwanted prescription meds.”
“These events give residents a chance to clean our their cabinets and drawers of meds which may be expired or are no longer used,” explained Upkes. By securely storing and disposing of no longer needed prescriptions, accidental poisonings can be prevented and drug abuse deterred.
Officers will accept unused or unwanted prescription drugs (including veterinary meds), over-the-counter medicine, and any unknown tablets and capsules. All medications should remain in their original containers, if possible.
Item which will not be accepted at the collection site include:
- Needles and syringes
- Medical waste of any type
- Nutritional supplements
- Leaking liquid containers
- Non-medical over-the-counter products
- Bath or hygiene products
- Insect repellent
Additionally, medications from pharmacies, assisted living facilities, and medical clinics or facilities cannot be accepted.
For a list of year-round prescription disposal boxes provided by local law enforcement agencies, visit the Marion County Health Department website. The Marion County Health Department, a public safety partner, has ample information on drug and substance abuse prevention and available resources for adults, teens, and families.