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Salem Police urges disposal of unwanted or unused prescription meds

News Release from: Salem Police Dept.
Posted: April 26th, 2013 3:28 PM

: The Salem Police Department is joining its other law enforcement partners in the Drug Enforcement Agency's National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The annual event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal for unwanted or unused prescription medications. Lt. Dave Okada of the Community Response Section encourages Salem residents to participate. "We are pleased to provide residents with a convenient venue to rid their homes of medications they no longer need. Disposing of these meds keeps them out of the wrong hands," said Okada.

The Crime Prevention Unit, which is under the lieutenant's command, devised a short video which addresses the importance of medication disposal, but also emphasizes locking up any medications in home because of the potential for tragic outcomes. Sgt. Jim Welsh of the Crime Prevention Unit worked with Capital Community Television (CCTV) producer Greg Hiltz to create the video. Said Welsh, "CCTV understands the importance of public education and with their help, we hope this video's visual impact will cause citizens to take action."

The Salem Police Department collection site will be in Peace Plaza (between city hall and the public library) making use of the Cherriots southbound bus turnout at 500 Commercial St. SE.
For more information contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (503) 588-6175.
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Link to video on the Salem Police YouTube channel:

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