Drug take-back event April 14 in Coos Bay will accept needles, sharps for the first time

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- A drug take-back program will be held next week for people in Coos County to safely get rid of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Local health and law enforcement agencies are involved in the program.

They say proper disposal is important to keep the discarded drugs out of landfills and water.

"People have just been putting them in their garbage or down their toilets and it gets into the water supply and it's a danger,” explains Bay Area Hospital’s Barbara Bauder, “so, we decided that if we had a concentrated take-back, where people could bring all of these things together, we would take care of disposing of them. It would be keeping things off the streets and out of the water."

For the first time this year, the program will also be taking back needles and other sharps.

"We have a subcommittee that has identified some of the needles in our community, whether they're found in parks or public areas, in addition to needles that patients have, but they don't have to dispose of them for medical purposes. This will give them that opportunity," explains physician assistant Rachel Stappler of North Bend.

The drug take-back will be on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coos Bay Fire Station on Elrod Avenue.

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