Free drug take-back nets over 1000 pounds of medication

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Police and Pain Consultants of Oregon hosted a free and anonymous "drug take-back" on Saturday at the Oregon Medical Group location off Martin Luther King Blvd.

The goal was to provide residents with a safe and easy way to get rid of old and expired medications.

Pain Consultants of Oregon said their goal was to collect 75 pounds. Wagner said they ended up with over 1,000 pounds of medication.

Event coordinator Jennifer Wagner said these types of events are a great opportunity for people to clean out their cabinets and make households safer.

"Old medications aren't effective for patients to take, and then often they think it's safe to flush them or to dump them down the drain," said Wagner. "They can also get in the hands of drug seekers and contribute to our legal issues here in Lane County."

While Saturday's take-back allowed people to drive up and drop off their old pills and medication, police stations always accept drop-offs as well.