Do you know what drugs are in your house?

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The Douglas County Sheriff's office is asking you to take part in an important event, that will help keep drugs out of the hands of kids.

The Sheriff's office is a participating agency in the American Medicine Chest Challenge, that will take place on Saturday in communities across the country.

This initiative will challenge Douglas County residents to take the Five-Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:

• Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
• Secure your medicine chest.
• Dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site.
• Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.
• Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the area, and authorities say the easiest way to combat it is to properly dispose of your old medicine.

Residents are invited to drop off their expired or unwanted medications at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. There are also permanent prescription drug collection boxes at Myrtle Creek Police Department, Winston Police Department, Sutherlin Police Department and Reedsport Police Department.

You can call these departments to see what hours they have available for you to drop off your unneeded medications.

The goal of this Challenge is to inform Douglas County families of the need to dispose of their unused, unwanted, and expired medicine, because these excess medicines can be what officials say are a danger lurking in the family home.

Disposal locations, both permanent and AMCC event day sites, can be found on www.AmericanMedicineChest.Com.

You can also get the information on your smart phone through the AMCC RX Drop Mobile App on the Android or iPhone.