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Have Unused Medication? Take It Back Saturday!

23 Oct , 2019  

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and more than 4,200 national, tribal, and community law enforcement partners will hold another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 26. Americans can take their pills (no liquids or needles) to one of over 5,600 collection sites across the country between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM local time. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Here are the Richland County Take Back collection sites:

  • Bellville Police Department, 320 Bell St., Bellville
  • Butler Police Department, 33 West Elm Street, Butler
  • Lexington Police Department, 44 W. Main Street, Lexington
  • Mansfield Police Department: Drop-off at Richland County Solid Waste Authority, 1125 National Parkway, Mansfield
  • Richland County Sheriff’s Office: 597 Park Avenue East, Mansfield
  • Shelby Police Department: 3100 Wareham Road, Shelby
  • Walmart: 2485 Possum Run Road, Mansfield

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day protects our children, our water and our food supplies and decrease prescription drug abuse by making it easier for you to properly dispose of unused or expired medications. This is a completely confidential program. No personal information will be collected. Please remove all prescription labels before arriving.

Here’s what you CAN bring:

  • Prescription medications of any kind
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Medication samples
  • Pet medications
  • Vitamins, Inhalers
  • Medicated ointments and lotions
  • Liquid medications in leak-proof containers

Here’s what you CANNOT bring:

  • Needles, syringes, lancets
  • Thermometers, Aerosol cans
  • IV bags, Hydrogen peroxide
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Empty containers
  • Personal Products (non-medicated shampoo, etc.)

As a reminder, there are year-round options for prescription drug disposal in Richland County as well. The Mansfield Police Department has a permanent dropbox for medications. It is located on the first floor of the main entrance to the Police Department in the hallway to the right. No needles or fluids are allowed for disposal at this location. Additionally, Avita Health Systems in Ontario has a bin that is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to conveniently dispose of unwanted medications. To prevent misuse, the bin is secured to a permanent structure and is monitored.

Source: Richland Health

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