OHSU holds prescription medication drop-off event

10/26/11  Portland, Ore.

The Oregon Poison Center at Oregon Health & Science University would like the public to know that unwanted or expired medications in the house can result disaster from accidental ingestion to addictions. But how does one safely and responsibly get rid of old pharmaceuticals? OHSU wants to help.

OHSU will hold a free prescription drop-off on Saturday, Oct. 29, for Northwest residents to safely discard of unwanted or expired medications. The event, managed by the OHSU Department of Public Safety, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is intended 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.

All the collected prescription drugs will be safely disposed by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

The medication drop-off event is co-sponsored by OHSU Public Safety, OHSU Pharmacy and the Oregon Poison Center at OHSU.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only health and research university, and only academic health center. As Portland's largest employer and the fourth largest in Oregon (excluding government), 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 4,310 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.