Darke County Drug Task Force hosts unwanted prescription drug drop off

GREENVILLE – Residents can dispose of unwanted prescription medications safely on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as the Darke County Drug Task Force along with Darke County Family Health, Darke County Solid Waste and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) host a medication disposal event at Family Health.

“It will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs,” said organizers.

Bring 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 items in pill form only. No creams, powders or liquids will be accepted during this collection.

Please feel free to mix all your unwanted drugs in zipper bag.

“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse,” said organizers. “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.”

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

The City of Greenville Police Department has a permanent drop-box available to public. This container is accessible 24 hours a day, 7-days-a-week for additional convenience in properly disposing of unwanted drugs.

Event held Sept. 26 at Family Health in Greenville

Staff report