OHSU hosts pharmaceutical disposal drop-off event on April 28

04/16/12  Portland, Ore.

The Oregon Poison Center, the OHSU Pharmacy and the Department of Public Safety at Oregon Health & Science University will host a free prescription drop-off on Saturday, April 28, for Northwest residents to safely discard of unwanted or expired medications. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The goal: to promote safety and reduce the chance of accidental poisonings/addictions in the Northwest.

To take part, residents simply drop off their unwanted medications at the OHSU Emergency Department with no questions asked. Volunteers from the OHSU Pharmacy and the Oregon Poison Center at OHSU will be there to answer questions. In addition, the Portland Aerial Tram will provide free transportation for those wishing to discard medications during the drop-off period; just inform one of the tram operators to ensure a free round-trip.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration will safely dispose all the collected prescription drugs.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only health and research university and its only academic health center. As Portland's largest employer, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of the state and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,300 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.