CROOKED RIVER RANCH, Ore. - In a collaborative partnership between BestCare Prevention, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue, a 24-hour medication collection box has been installed in the lobby of the fire station located at 6971 SW Shad Road.
This medication collection box was funded with a grant issued to BestCare Prevention.
"We are committed to reducing substance abuse in Jefferson County and these collection boxes help us achieve that," stated BestCare Prevention Specialist Cindy Brockett.
Two other collection boxes were also funded by the grant and placed in the lobby of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in Madras and at City Hall in Culver.
"The success of this program has been proven in our other locations and we are pleased to know that Crooked River Ranch now has a safe and convenient collection site in their community," stated Sheriff Jim Adkins.
If you no longer have a need for a medication or the medication has expired, please drop it in the secure collection box to ensure proper disposal.
Medications may include any prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins/herbal medications, or veterinary medications.
Items that should NOT be placed in the box include needles or sharps and biohazard materials. Needles or sharps can be brought to the Shad Road fire station Monday - Friday from 8:00 – 5:00 for proper disposal by fire crews.
"We are pleased to be able to offer this much-needed service to our community and recognize that it would not have been possible without our partnership with the Sheriff's office and BestCare Prevention," stated Fire Chief Rich Hoffmann.
For more information, visit www.crrfire.org.