The City of La Grande Police Department, will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Initiative XV on Saturday, April 28, 2018 between 10AM – 2PM. This is held in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Union County Safe Communities Coalition, and Union County District Attorney Kelsie McDaniel.

The DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement partners removed over 910,000 pounds (456 tons) of medications during the last National Drug Take-Back Day event in October 2017. Last fall, residents of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington turned in over 35,058 pounds (17.5 tons) of expired and unwanted medications for safe and proper disposal at 175 take back sites in the Northwest. The Fifteenth National Drug Take Back Day will be held on April 28, 2018 from 10AM – 2PM.

The department encourages La Grande and Union County residents to embrace the opportunity this Take Back event will provide to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted medications, which are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The event aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal.

Controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter substances may be collected. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, must remain in the original container with the cap tightly sealed to prevent leakage. Intra-venous solutions, injectables, syringes, chemotherapy medications, or medical waste WILL NOT be accepted due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens.

This program is anonymous and all efforts will be taken to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made. The location of the local Take Back will be in the parking lot outside of the La Grande Police Department at 1109 K Avenue, La Grande, Oregon.