Clean out your medicine cabinet

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is launching a nationwide effort to dispose of prescription drugs this Saturday, September 25.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the DEA will collect unused prescription drugs at the Interstate Fred Meyer, 7404 N. Interstate Avenue.  The service on Saturday is free and anonymous.

The Portland site is just one of 2,700 across the county.  For a complete list of collection sites and to find one near you, visit

“The National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign will provide a safe way for Americans to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs,” said Michele M. Leonhart, Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “This effort symbolizes DEA’s commitment to halting the disturbing rise in addiction caused by their misuse and abuse. Working together with our state and local partners, the medical community, anti-drug coalitions, and a concerned public, we will eliminate a major source of abused prescription drugs, and reduce the hazard they pose to our families and communities in a safe, legal, and environmentally sound way.”