Drug Take Back Initiative

Click here for a list of drop off sites for unwanted drugs in communities around Oregon.

OMAA Drug Turn-In Program Honored with AMAA HAP Award

Leanna Lindquist and Marie Stoddard

The OMAA's statewide health promotion project, the Rx Turn-In Program, was awarded the AMA Alliance's HAP (Health Awareness Project) Award and was recognized at the AMA Annual Meeting in June 2011. This project, initiated by Leanna Lindquist, OMAA President 2009-2010, and the OMAA board members, has brought attention to the importance of safe disposal of medications and has assisted local communities in developing awareness and sites to allow for the safe disposal of unwanted medications. Leanna Linquist accepted the award on behalf of the OMAA members who worked so diligently on such programs in their communities. 

Attendees of the AMAA Annual Meeting also unanimously approved a resolution from Maryland, which the OMA Alliance and five other state alliances co-sponsored, that encourages state and county alliances to support policy for safe disposal of medications and Drug Take Back programs.

Second National Drug Take Back Day a Success

The 2nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 30, 2011, organized by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, offered collection sites around the country.

Mark Thomas, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Seattle Field Division, announced that 24,053 pounds of medicine was collected in the four-state area of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. These results were part of the second DEA nationwide prescription drug ‘Take-Back’ campaign that was held on Saturday, April 30, 2011, which provided residents the opportunity to dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medications.

The following are results in the four state areas:

  • Oregon: 62 collection sites which resulted in the collection of 9,515 pounds of medicine.
  • Washington: 85 collection sites which resulted in the collection of 8,535 pounds of medicine.
  • Idaho: 31 collection sites which resulted in the collection of 4,399 pounds of medicine.
  • Alaska: 25 collection sites which resulted in the collection of 1,604 pounds of medicine.

“The success of this campaign is attributed to the responsible citizens that took the time to clean out their medicine cabinets," said Mark Thomas, DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge. "During a four hour period, we collected 24,053 lbs of prescription drugs from over 204 sites in the Pacific Northwest Area. The close cooperation of many state/local law enforcement agencies and community leaders has dramatically made our communities safer by reducing the availability of abused prescription drugs.”

Oregon’s Rx Drug Turn-In (RxTIP) program, which was developed and implemented in Oregon on Saturday, March 13, 2010 by Leanna Lindquist (representing the OMAA) and in collaboration with Oregon Partnership, continues to have tremendous presence and growth in the state.

The national profile of the Drug Take Back Initiative, led by the DEA in September 2010, has produced overwhelming leadership by law enforcement throughout all states. Visit www.dea.gov for more information on the DEA's Drug Take Back efforts around the country.

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