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Prescription Take Back Day in Richland County

7 Oct , 2016  

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 22. Americans can take their pills (no liquids or needles) to one of over 5,600 collection sites across the country between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, in cooperation with Operation Medicine Cabinet and other collection programs, protect our children, our water and our food supplies, and decrease prescription drug abuse by making it easier for you to dispose of unused or expired medications. This is completely confidential. No personal information is collected. Please remove all prescription labels before arriving at disposal locations.

The following are collection sites in Richland County:

  • 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 Ave. East, Mansfield
  • Shelby Police Department, 31 Mack Avenue, Shelby

It is important to take note of what can be dropped off and what cannot be brought to Take Back Day:

Here’s what you CAN bring:

  • Prescription pills of any kind
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Medication samples
  • Pet medications
  • Vitamins

Here’s what you CANNOT bring:

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


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