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DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Scheduled for April 27

Processed medications await pick up at the pharmacy on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 25, 2011. Pharmacists in the 28th Medical Support Squadron carefully screen all medications to ensure quality product is supplied to their patients.

Mark your calendars for April 27th as the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day returns, providing an opportunity for individuals to safely dispose of unused or expired medications. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held at various drop-off locations across the region.

Since its inception, the DEA’s Drug Take Back Day has been a vital initiative in addressing the opioid epidemic and combating prescription drug abuse. The event, which typically occurs twice a year, provides individuals with a safe and anonymous way to dispose of unused or expired medications, including prescription opioids.

The first National Prescription Drug Take Back Day took place in September 2010, with the primary goal of preventing prescription drug diversion and abuse by safely disposing of potentially harmful medications. Since then, the event has grown significantly in scope and participation, with thousands of collection sites established across the country.

Over the years, the DEA, in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, and community organizations, has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the importance of proper medication disposal. Through educational campaigns and outreach efforts, the DEA has encouraged individuals to clean out their medicine cabinets and dispose of unused medications to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

In addition to its primary focus on preventing prescription drug abuse, the DEA’s Drug Take Back Day has also played a crucial role in environmental protection. By providing a safe and responsible means of disposal, the event helps prevent medications from being flushed down toilets or thrown in the trash, which can contaminate water sources and harm wildlife.

The following locations have been designated as drop-off sites for this important event:

  • Walmart, located at 1470 South Court Street in Circleville
  • Circleville Police Department, situated at 6151 Ogle Street in Circleville
  • Circleville Fire Department, located at 586 North Court Street in Circleville
  • Ashville Police Department, situated at 1882 Harrison Township Fire Department, located at 3625 SR 752 in Ashville
  • Pic-A-Fay Joint Fire District Station, found at 17 North Church Street in New Holland
  • Commercial Point Police Department, situated at 10 West Scioto Street in Commercial Point

The event is part of the ongoing efforts by the Pickaway County Addiction Awareness Coalition to combat prescription drug misuse and abuse. The coalition extends its gratitude to all participating agencies and encourages community members to take part in this initiative to promote safer and healthier communities.