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Drug Take Back Event

Date/Time: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 10:00am - 2:00pm

City of Lake Oswego Drug Take Back

One-Day-Only Drug Take Back Event

To help citizens properly dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medicines, the City is holding a one-day-only drug take-back event. This collection event will take place at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue, on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unwanted prescription medicines will be collected from individual households only. Medications cannot be accepted from businesses such as nursing homes, doctor’s offices or any other institution or business. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Hirshberger at 503-675-3992.

All drugs will be collected by the Lake Oswego Police Department and taken to the Covanta Waste-to-Energy Facility in Brooks for safe disposal.

Acceptable items for collection are:

  • Expired or unwanted prescription medicine (pharmaceutical controlled substances)
  • Unknown tablets and capsules
  • Veterinary medications


Items not accepted:

  • No thermometers, sharps or medical waste or equipment will be collected. For information on how you can safely dispose of these items, call Metro Recycling at 503-234-3000.
  • Ordinary hand lotions, deodorants, and products that can be safely disposed of in your regular garbage.
  • Over-the-counter medicines and first aid ointments
  • Supplements such as vitamins and protein powders


Please put all pill/tablet medications into a zip-seal bag. We do not want the plastic prescription containers. Empty plastic prescription bottles can’t be recycled curbside, however, they can be recycled at the Lake Oswego Recycling Center, 341 Foothills Road.  If you bring in a liquid medication, please put the bottle in a sealable plastic bag to prevent leaks.

For more disposal options, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/police/drug-medicine-disposal.