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Drugs collected at take-back event taken to secure location by law enforcement

The drug take-back event was held at the Coos Bay Fire Department where expired, unwanted and unused prescriptions could be dropped off anonymously, April 15, 2017. (SBG photo)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- A Drug Take-Back Program over the weekend was held for people in Coos County to safely get rid of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

The drug take-back event was held at the Coos Bay Fire Department Saturday where expired, unwanted and unused prescriptions could be dropped off anonymously.

Organizers say proper disposal is important to keep the water and environment clean, and as a way to help prevent drug abuse.

"The take-back is a way to recognize that this is an issue in our community and we hope soon since we just received a grant from and really wish to thank Bay Area Hospital Community Foundation, we're going to put drop boxes in the community, hopefully, so we can increase awareness about appropriate disposal of medication," said North Bend physician assistant Rachel Stappler.

Local health agencies and law enforcement agencies were involved in the program Saturday.

State Senator Arnie Roblan was on hand to support the cause.

"They need to know that their local officials who are in Salem working for them are also listening to the people and looking at what's happening and have an opportunity to talk with people about the real epidemic that's going on in our local communities and then take that back to Salem so we can hopefully support their efforts," said Senator Roblan.

The drugs collected over the weekend were taken to a secure location by law enforcement.

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