Canyonville pharmacy does its part in fight against opioid addiction

Gordon's Pharmacy and Gifts in Canyonville, October 18, 2017. (SBG)

CANYONVILLE, Ore. -- According to the Oregon Health Division, rural counties are being hit hard by opioid addiction.

Now, a pharmacy in Canyonville has joined the fight in an effort to make a difference.

Gordon's Pharmacy is the only pharmacy in Douglas County with a drug take-back program.

It has a drop-off for drugs you don't need or you want to dispose of, no questions asked, and now Gordon's is issuing a challenge.

"I would love to see other pharmacies in the area start this,” says Gordon’s owner, David Stevens. “It is a very worthwhile program. If you really look at some of the numbers, it's staggering what kind of abuse and misuse is going on."

According to the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team, in 2013 about 73 percent of Douglas County heroin addiction cases started with prescription opioids.

The Roseburg Senior Center will be hosting an event to drop off your unused medications on October 27 from 10-2 p.m.

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