Each member of the community has a vital role to play in stopping this deadly trend.


What Can You Do

Check Your Own Medicine Cabinet

How are prescription drugs stored in your home? Always lock up prescription drugs. Do not share your prescription drugs with anyone! Ever! We know that 70% of all prescription drugs that end up in the blood streams of our children come from family or friends. Keep prescription drugs out of reach of children and teens. This will help reduce easy access.

Dispose of Old Drugs

Many people are surprised to discover the amount of unused prescription drugs that have accumulated in their own home over time. Through a “Drug Take Back Program”, you can properly dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications, unknown tablets or capsules, unwanted over-the-counter medications and veterinary medications.

Year-Round Drug Disposal Sites in Marion County

There is now a permanent drop box at:
Marion County Sheriffs Office
Jail visitation lobby
4000 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem 97317

Gervais Residents
Gervais City Hall

592 4th Street, Gervais
Residents can drop of unused medications during
business hours Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm.

Keizer Residents
Keizer Police Department
930 Chemawa Rd NE, Keizer Oregon

Salem Residents
Salem Police Department
555 Liberty Road, Salem Oregon

Stayton Residents
Stayton Police Department
386 North Third Avenue, Stayton
Residents can drop of unused medications during
business hours Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm

Woodburn Residents
Woodburn Police Department
Woodburn Police Department
1060 Mt. Hood Avenue, Woodburn

Marion County Year Round Drop Off Sites PDF
English / Spanish

Other disposal sites in Oregon

Find out more about safe disposal.

Talk to Your Medical and Dental Providers

Discuss other options if your medical or dental provider prescribes an opiate (Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin or similar drug). If opiates are prescribed, monitor use carefully. Do not share your prescription with anyone! Ever!

Supervise the Children and Teens in Your Care

Talk to your kids about drugs! Watch for warning signs. Learn more and seek help if needed. What you do as a parent, grand-parent, family member or mentor for the children and youth around you can make a big difference in their futures and can mean the difference between life and death. For more information regarding preventing drug and alcohol abuse, visit www.parentforthefuture.org.


For Parents

Parents, foster parents, grandparents, mentors, teachers, coaches and other adults play critically important roles in the lives of children and youth. What you do and say might mean the difference between life and death for a young person. Searching for answers or information?

There are many excellent national resources. Visit www.parentforthefuture.org for more information regarding preventing drug and alcohol abuse. The decisions you make and the conversations you have are not only important for the children in your life for today, but for the rest of their lives – for their future.