Special Event: Drug Take Back
The Benton County Sheriff's Office usually holds a Drug Take Back Event each spring. This is the only time we can collect unwanted medications. Please watch this space for information on the 2020 event.
The Benton County Sheriff's Office 10th Annual Drug Take Back Event was held on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Nearly 900 pounds of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications were collected at the two locations. Over 300 households participated in the event which is sanctioned and supported by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as part of their National Take-Back Initiative. Twenty-one (21) boxes were filled and maintained in law enforcement custody until they were incinerated.
A special thanks to our volunteer:
- Reserve Deputies who provided law enforcement security for the event,
- Auxiliary Team members who provided greeting and check-in services to ensure no restricted items were added to the collection, and
- CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program volunteers who handled traffic control.
We couldn't have offered this event without the support of our Sheriff's Office volunteers and our agency partners:
- Philomath Police Department,
- Bi-Mart Corporation,
- Benton County Health Services, and
- Corvallis Public Works.
This event is offered as a public safety service to help keep prescription drugs out of the hands of kids or others who might abuse them. For information on how to safely dispose of unused medications at other times of the year, we encourage you to contact your pharmacist or review the federal guidelines provided on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website.
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