2 downtown Portland bottle return locations close to curb fentanyl use

Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson declared a 90-day fentanyl emergency in late January.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Officials carrying out the tri-government fentanyl emergency in downtown Portland announced Thursday its suspending service at two downtown bottle return locations known to be fentanyl hot spots.

Safeway on Southwest 10th Avenue and Jefferson Street and Plaid Pantry convenience store a block away will suspend their bottle and can redemption program for a 30-day trial period starting March 2. Officials said people return bottles, then use the money to buy fentanyl.

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