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Department will collect unwanted drugs at the station from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 23

COURTESY PHOTO: RALI - On Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CPD station located at 1175 NW 3rd Ave, CPD employees will distribute safe drug disposal pouches to residents seeking to safely dispose of unused or unwanted perscription medications.The Canby Police Department is partnering with the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative of Oregon to host a prescription drug disposal event in honor of National Drug Take Back Day, a semi-annual effort to encourage the safe disposal of unused or unwanted prescription medications.

On Oct. 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the CPD station located at 1175 NW 3rd Ave, department employees will distribute safe drug disposal pouches to residents seeking to safely dispose of unused or unwanted prescription medications.

Each pouch will contain a charcoal substance that drastically weakens the effectiveness of unwanted medications, rendering them suitable a "safe and environmentally friendly" disposal, according to a CPD press release.

Per the release, Take Back Day is intended to combat a worsening opioid crisis in Oregon by raising awareness of safe disposal practices, which can prevent misuse and help save lives."

In recent months, Clackamas County has seen a spike in local overdose deaths caused by fentanyl and other illegal narcotics, among them counterfeit pills designed to look like pharmaceutical-grade pain medications, sometimes dealt through social media platforms, putting young people at risk.

For more information on opioid safety, click here.


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