Sue Kiesewetter reports:
Warren County residents can safely dispose of unwanted or expired medications April 27 during the National Prescription Drug Take Back.
This is the sixth take-back day since the Drug Enforcement Administration began the program in 2010. Thirteen sites in Butler County will accept medications.
“When we first started doing this, we knew there was a need. We knew this was a service that needed to be provided,’’ said Rusty Payne, DEA spokesman. “What we didn’t realize was the amazing results we were going to get.”
Since the program began in September, 2010, residents across the country have turned in more than two million pounds – 244 tons – of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
The DEA partners with local law enforcement agencies to find sites where medications can be dropped off and collected. Take back days have been scheduled about every six months, Payne said.
They will continue until federal disposal regulations are established and a more permanent solution can be found, Payne said.
Medications and over-the-counter drugs can be turned in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with no questions asked. Labels can be soaked off, medications can be placed in bags, or residents can black out names and prescription numbers to remain anonymous.
They can be turned in at the following locations in Warren County:
- Warren County jail lobby, 550 Justice Dr., Lebanon
- Springboro Police Department, 320 W. Central Ave.
- Hamilton Township Fire Station 77, 2000 E. U.S. 22/Ohio 3
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