National Drug Take-Back Day

EUGENE, Ore. — Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day, aimed to help decrease the abuse of prescription medications. Lane Community College had bins at both campuses for anyone to anonymously drop off any prescription drugs they might have. The drugs collected are then packaged and shipped to the Drug Enforcement Administration,¬†where they are destroyed. LCC … Continue reading »

Drug-Related Deaths Up 33% in Lane Co.

EUGENE, Ore. — Drug-related deaths were up 33% in Lane County last year, compared to the year before. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office found Lane County saw one of the most notable increases with 20 deaths last year, five more than the year before. Thirteen of the 20 deaths were meth related, nine blamed … Continue reading »

Spike in Local Pharmacy Robberies

EUGENE, Ore. — A spike in pharmacy robberies during the last month is raising questions about a prescription drug problem in Lane County. Two Bi-marts were robbed just this week in Eugene. Lane County Public Health says a demand for the drugs could be a reason for the recent increase. It says we do have … Continue reading »

1,000 Pounds of Prescriptions Collected

EUGENE, Ore. — Just over 1,000 pounds of unwanted medication was collected at a drug take-back event on Saturday. Cars lined up at the Pain Society of Oregon in Eugene as volunteers collected all the unwanted and expired prescriptions. Doctors said prescription medication when used appropriately are fine, but they often times end up in … Continue reading »