OHSU holds prescription drop-off event to assist Northwest residents in safely disposing of their old/expired medications

09/17/12  Portland, Ore.

Any member of the Oregon Poison Center will tell you, when you have unwanted or expired medications in the house, disasters can occur from accidents to addictions. But how does one safely and responsibly get rid of old pharmaceuticals? Oregon Health & Science University hopes to help.

OHSU will hold a free prescription drop-off event this Saturday, September 29 for the Portland-Metro community to safely dispose of unwanted or expired medications. The event, in collaboration with OHSU’s Pharmacy, Poison Control and Public Safety departments, is being held to promote safety and reduce the chance of accidental poisonings/addictions in the Northwest. To take part, residents simply need to drop off their unwanted medications to the Emergency Department. Medications can be dropped off with no questions asked.

Event details


Saturday, September 29
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


OHSU’s Emergency Department
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road

During the event, volunteers from the Pharmacy department and OHSU’s Poison Center will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Plus, the Portland Aerial Tram will be free of charge for those with medications to discard during the drop off period; just tell one of the tram operators to ensure a free round-trip!

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency will safely dispose of all the collected prescription drugs.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is a nationally prominent research university and Oregon's only public academic health center. It serves patients throughout the region with a Level 1 trauma center and nationally recognized Doernbecher Children's Hospital. OHSU operates dental, medical, nursing and pharmacy schools that rank high both in research funding and in fulfilling the university's social mission. OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute helped pioneer personalized medicine through a discovery that identified how to shut down cells that enable cancer to grow without harming healthy ones. Research through the OHSU Brain Institute ranks fourth in the country for National Institutes of Health funding in the neurosciences. OHSU's Casey Eye Institute is ranked second in NIH funding for eye research and is a global leader in ophthalmic imaging, and in clinical trials related to eye disease.