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Sen. Wyden introduces prescription drug drop-off kiosks at area pharmacy

Sen. Wyden demonstrates using the drug drop-off kiosks (KATU News photo).png

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Prescription drug abuse has hit Oregon hard, which is why Sen. Ron Wyden and Walgreens unveiled a new drug kiosk program this week to combat the problem.

In the first national effort of its kind by a retailer, Walgreens has installed safe medication disposal kiosks at more than 300 pharmacies across 23 states and Washington, DC, including six pharmacies in Oregon.

The kiosks will provide a safe and convenient way to dispose of unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances.

"The fact of the matter is opioids have hit Oregon like a wrecking ball. And what we're gonna have to do is mobilize our public health leaders, concerned companies like Walgreens, community volunteers to turn this around," Sen. Wyden said.

The Walgreens pharmacies in the Portland area with the new drug kiosks are Walgreens on SE Cesar Chavez, in Beaverton off Murray Scholls and in Gresham on Burnside.

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