The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality encourages Oregonians throughout the state to take part in a nationwide effort on Saturday, Oct. 26 to collect unused, unwanted or expired medications so they can be disposed of properly.

This will be the seventh National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, authorized by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in association with hundreds of law enforcement, public health and other organizations.

More than two dozen collection events will take place in Oregon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For details on event location and times, check the Drug Enforcement Administration website (at You can select events by city, county and zip code.

The collection events help people dispose of drugs in a way that’s safe for both people and the environment. Flushing unwanted drugs down the toilet or drain ends up polluting waterways, as many drugs pass through wastewater treatment filtering systems.

At the drug take-back events on Oct. 26, only prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. People should not bring needles, IV solutions, mercury thermometers or medical waste. No illegal drugs such as meth and cocaine should be brought to the events.

For people unable to take part in the Oct. 26 events, more than 60 law enforcement offices in Oregon accept unwanted and unused drugs throughout the year. For a list of these sites, go to DEQ’s website at: , or contact your local city police office or county sheriff’s office for more information