Local police agencies are teaming up with county and federal agencies and groups for a prescription drug take-back.

Authorities will be accepting prescription medications at several locations throughout the mid-Willamette Valley from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. In Keizer, the event is in the parking lot at Roth’s Fresh Markets.

This one-day event encourages citizens to properly dispose of expired or unwanted medications at designated collection sites to keep drugs out of the wrong hands and out of the environment. The event educates the public to store prescription drugs safely and securely to prevent accidental poisonings, drug abuse and contamination of our rivers.

Medications improperly disposed of present a risk to health, security and the environment. Improperly disposed drugs can be scavenged from garbage and abused. When drugs are flushed, they are not removed by sewage treatment facilities and septic tank systems. Drugs can enter the soil, surface water and groundwater. Studies have shown that drugs found in waterways have a serious impact on fish and other aquatic life.

Medications from deceased family members, unknown tablets and capsules, unneeded prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, veterinary medication or other drugs no longer used may be taken to the sites listed at the top of the page for proper disposal.

Medications cannot be accepted from businesses such as nursing homes, doctors’ offices or any other institution or business. Medications should be in their original containers if possible. Thermometers, needles or medical waste cannot be accepted.

The event stems from a partnership with the Community Action Drug Prevention Network, US Drug Enforcement Administration, Marion County Health Department, Marion County Public Works, Marion County Commission on Children and Families, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the Marion Polk Food Share and the Salem, Keizer, Stayton, Turner and Silverton police departments.