"Sharps” is a medical term for devices with sharp points or edges that can puncture or cut skin. These can include hypodermic needles, fingersticks and "pen" injectors.
In Oregon, it is illegal to throw sharps in the trash. Doing so can expose garbage haulers and other disposal workers to possible injury or disease. Sharps containers are readily available at the Columbia County Transfer Station and several pharmacies throughout the county.
Expired, unused or unwanted medications and prescription drugs can be dropped into the MedReturn collection boxes in the Rainier, Vernonia, Scappoose and St. Helens police departments Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (St. Helens Police Department is closed from noon to 1 p.m.)