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New drug drop-off box in Hermiston

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HERMISTON, Or. - Do you have outdated or unused prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet? If so, you're not the only one and now the Hermiston Police Department has a year-round way for you to get rid of them.

A process that could ultimately take up more than an hour of law enforcement's time is now as simple as walking in the lobby, dropping it off and walking out. Before, dropping off prescription drugs required an officer to take down the citizens' information, log the drugs into evidence, write a report and then store them.

Hermiston Police got the new prescription drop-off box through a grant and Chief of Police Jason Edmiston said he hopes more people will utilize the program.

"To help encourage people to bring stuff to us and hopefully make them less likely to be victimized by people that are breaking into houses to steal pills," said Edmiston.

He said people have already begun to use it. While illegal drugs aren't what the box is meant for, the goal is to get drugs, of any kind, off the streets.

The drop-off is anonymous and anyone can use it.

West Richland also has a permanent drop-off box. While it's intended for only the city's residents, they don't ask where you're from.