|Drug Turn-in Receptacle
Need to safely dispose of unwanted medications? A drug turn-in receptacle is available in the lobby of the Keizer Police Department located at 930 Chemawa Rd NE. Made possible by funding from the Keizer Rotary Foundation and Community Action Drug Prevention Network, this container is available to the public to safely dispose of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
During the last three organized drug turn-in events held in Keizer, over 1000 pounds of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications were collected from over 500 households. Although organized drug turn-in events are typically held every six months, many individual households had pounds of unwanted medications saved up since the last event. The results of the drug turn-in events demonstrated there is a high demand for a permanent drop-off site in Keizer.
Medications improperly disposed of present a risk to health, security and the environment. Improperly disposed drugs can be scavenged from garbage and abused. When drugs are flushed, they are not removed by sewage treatment facilities and septic tank systems. Drugs can enter the soil, surface water and groundwater. Studies have shown that drugs found in waterways have a serious impact on fish and other aquatic life.
Medications from deceased family members, unknown tablets and capsules, over-the-counter medications, veterinary medications or other legal drugs no longer used may be deposited in the secure receptacle for proper and free disposal. No information is collected from participants.
The intent of the drug turn-in receptacle is for citizens to properly dispose of small quantities of medications during normal business hours without having to save up larger quantities for the next organized drug collection event.
Medications cannot be accepted from businesses such as retirement centers, pharmacies, clinics or institutions. All medications must be in leak-proof containers and it is recommended they be left their original containers if possible.
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter medications
- Veterinary medications
- Unknown tablets and capsules.
- Syringes or any sharps
- Nutritional or dietary supplements
- Medical waste or feminine hygiene products
- Bathroom products (shampoo, petroleum jelly, hairspray, etc.)
- Medications from businesses, clinics or institutions;