People will be able to safely discard of unused prescription drugs during a National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.
From 10 a.m. to 2 pm., pills can be disposed of at various law enforcement agencies and other locations around the Valley.
The idea behind Drug Take Back Day is to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of those who shouldn’t be taking them.
The DEA says drugs can be stolen from people’s homes by addicts or can get into the hands of young children, leading to accidental poisonings. In addition, flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pose potential safety and health hazards.
“We know of many cases where leftover pain pills have led to an opioid addiction,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “Properly disposing of these pills is one important step anyone can take to get involved in turning the tide on the opioid epidemic that has caused so much pain here in Ohio.”
Last fall, Americans turned in 456 tons of prescription drugs.
Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds of pills.
The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs and local disposal locations, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.