Darke County Drug Task Force will take back unwanted prescription drugs – Darke County Now

GREENVILLE—The Darke County Drug Task Force along with Darke County Family Health, Darke County Solid Waste and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent abuse and stealing pills by clearing their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs, October 22, 2022, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your medications for disposal to Darke County Family Health at 5735 Meeker Rd. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked! This collection is for pill form items only. We cannot accept any creams, powders or liquids during this collection. Feel free to mix up all your unwanted medications in a zip lock bag.

This initiative responds to a vital public safety and public health problem. Medicines languishing in household cupboards are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. The rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarming, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that the majority of prescription drugs abused come from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now being told that their usual methods of disposing of unused medications – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health risks.

The City of Greenville Police Department and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office both have a permanent drop box available to the public. This container is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for added convenience in the proper disposal of unwanted medications.

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