Darke County Drug Task Force collecting unwanted prescription drugs


GREENVILLE – The Darke County Drug Task Force along with Darke County Family Health, Darke County Solid Waste and the Drug Enforcement Administration 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.

Individuals can bring medications for disposal to Darke County Family Health at 5735 Meeker Road, Greenville, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 27.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This collection is for items in pill form only. Organizers cannot accept any creams, powders or liquids during this collection. Individuals can mix all their unwanted drugs in a zipper bag.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, organizers said. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. 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, organizers said.

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, seven days a week for additional convenience in properly disposing of unwanted drugs.