The Health and Counseling Center is located next door to the Community Safety building (28 West). This is on the west side of campus.
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Where is the Health and Counseling Center?
What kinds of medical professionals work at the Health and Counseling Center?
How can I make an appointment?
What kinds of services do you provide? Are they free? When might I be charged?
What kind of immunizations can I receive at the HCC?
Do you have a pharmacy at the HCC?
Can I bring my expired and/or medications I am no longer using to the HCC, or other campus facilities for disposal?
The HCC CANNOT dispose of medications for students. However, there are many authorized pharmacies/medical facilities where medications can be disposed of in the community (ie Safeway Pharmacy on Woodstock).
-Find a collection site to drop off unwanted medicines in-person, or get a prepaid and pre addressed envelope to mail in your unwanted medicines, through the Oregon Drug Take-Back Program here:
- Website: medtakebackoregon.org
- Toll-Free Telephone: 844-482-5322
***Be sure to call the locations prior to drop off as disposal boxes are often full.
-You may also check the DEA website and possibly your local jurisdiction for other collection sites.-Also, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency usually holds annual drug take-back events in April and October for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Can I flush or throw away these medications?
Leftover or expired drugs can pose a number of serious environmental and health risks. If not disposed of, unused drugs can lead to accidental poisonings, addiction or abuse. Drugs can also have health and environmental impacts when they end up in a landfill or are flushed down the toilet or drain. Wastewater treatment plants and septic systems are usually not equipped to treat pharmaceuticals and chemical compounds from these drugs can pass through treatment plants or septic systems to our rivers or groundwater.
However, if no sites or events are available, dispose of waste pharmaceuticals in the trash using these basic guidelines:
- Take waste pharmaceuticals out of their original containers and mix with an undesirable substance such as used cat litter, or coffee grounds.
- Place this mixture in a plastic bag or other sealable container, such as an empty plastic container.
- Place the sealed container with the mixture in the trash as close to garbage pickup time as possible, to prevent theft and misuse.
Where should I bring syringes and/or sharps containers?
-There are a few options on campus:
- The HCC can dispose of used sharps, and provide new clean supplies for safe injection.
- Community sharps containers are in the GCC restrooms.
- Full containers can be dropped in our Chemistry waste room (211).
- Community safety/facilities can assist with pickup-503-777-7283
-Off campus resources:
What should I do if I find medications or drug paraphernalia that does not belong to me?
What if I need prescriptions or vaccines for traveling abroad?
How do I refill my medications?
Will my insurance pay for my prescription?
Every insurance plan is different. Some may require a copay. Bring your insurance card when picking up your prescription. You can also use coupons, which may be cheaper: try GoodRX or SingleCare.
The HCC does NOT bill insurance. Therefore, if you receive a prescription at the HCC the charge will go on your student account. You are responsible for submitting your claim to insurance if you would like reimbursement. If you need guidance with this process please contact us. Medications dispensed at the HCC are priced at cost with the intention of being as affordable as possible.
How do I transfer my medication to a different pharmacy?
Generally, the process is as follows:
- Collect the following information from your current pharmacy and prescription including:
- pharmacy name
- phone and fax number.
- prescription Rx# if there is one
- prescriber’s name
- medication name and dose, number of tablets and refills.
- Call the new pharmacy, provide them with above information and ask them to transfer the prescription.
If your prescription is a “controlled substance” such as testosterone or certain ADHD medications:
- Laws vary by state and transfer depends on the law in the state where you want to transfer to;
- Generally, must be a “refill” and NOT a new prescription to allow a transfer;
- Generally, will refill once.
How will I receive my prescription during Summer breaks?
Can my prescription be sent out of state?
Do you have a billing clerk who processes insurance forms, etc.?
I've just had an STI screening and I don't want my parents to know. How confidential is the billing?
We take confidentiality very seriously. Your medical records are yours alone; no information is shared with others, including your parents or the primary insurance holder unless there is a Release of Information form on file. However, while there are stringent laws governing confidentiality of medical information, we cannot control who opens your mail, such as a lab bill, at your home address.
We recommend that you list your local address when dealing with insurance billing. If you have a blood draw, make sure that the lab has your local address. Have a discussion with your parents about forwarding your unopened mail to school versus "helpfully" opening it for you.