Lane County residents can safely dispose of pills and patches at a free medication take-back event Saturday at Lane Community College, hosted by the LCC Department of Public Safety and the States Drug Enforcement Administration. -United.
People can bring their expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications and patches for disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the west side of Building 19 on the LCC main campus at 4000 E. 30th Ave. in Eugene. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked of participants, according to a press release from the LCC.
Pills or patches will be accepted. Items that will not be permitted for disposal include: IV fluids, injectables, inhalers, syringes, chemotherapy drugs, vaping devices with batteries that cannot be removed, and medical waste. These items are prohibited due to the potential danger posed by blood-borne pathogens and require special disposal, according to the statement.
Medications may be placed in their original container or any other container.
The purpose of disposal collection is to prevent the abuse and theft of pills. Medications that remain in household cupboards are “highly susceptible to misuse, misuse and abuse”, the ad states.
For more information, call LCC Public Safety at 541-463-5558.