Southeast neighbors dump old drugs, help needy
Making it even easier for Southeast Portland residents to safely dispose of unused prescription and over-the-counter medicines, as well as confidential and financial paperwork, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) White Collar Crimes Unit and Office of Neighborhood Involvement worked with Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) local agents to simplify the latest drive-through, turn-in event for increased convenience late last year.
With a new vehicle flow established around the former Southeast Precinct building, traffic congestion along East Burnside Street from waiting cars was reduced.
"We're glad to be working again in partnership with the DEA, taking in unused and expired medications," remarked City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Coordinator Jenni Pullen.
"By holding this event a couple times each year, we're encouraging the community to clean out their medicine cabinets, so potentially kids and other people won't get their hands on them," Pullen said. "We also want to raise awareness about keeping the waterways clean; don't flush discarded drugs, bring them to a drug turn-in where we incinerate them!"
As for document disposal – keeping sensitive documents out of the hands of identity thieves by shredding them is an important step in preventing fraud, observed Pullen. "And, it's gratifying to see the amount of donations people are dropping off for the Sunshine Division; the barrels are already full, and the day is far from over!"
After the day ended, Pullen told THE BEE that a total of 26 boxes of discarded drugs were collected, sending 1,300 lbs. of medicines to the DEA's incinerator – and more than six tons of personal documents were securely shredded, also.