Drug Take-Back Program

CMH and CCO partner to reduce public harm from unused medications

Postcard encouraging proper disposal of medications using Med/Safe bin.ASTORIA, Ore. – Unused medications have become a public health and environmental health issue in recent years.

Prior to a regulation change by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in late 2014, police departments were the only drop-off locations for unused medications. As a result, most people resorted to throwing medication in the trash, flushing them down the toilet or storing them at home.

None of these choices is ideal. In the trash, medication has caused children and animals to be poisoned accidentally. In the toilet, medications are contributing to drinking water contamination. And in the home, medications (especially opiods like oxycodone) could feed a loved one’s prescription drug abuse.

However, it’s now easier than ever to responsibly dispose of old medications in Clatsop County. The Clatsop Pacific Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) and Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) partnered to place a MedSafe bin in the CMH Outpatient Pharmacy at 2120 Exchange St., Suite 101, Astoria (Park Medical Building).

Drop off your unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications today in the big blue MedSafe bin. This free service is available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Call 503-338-4560 for more information.