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Prescription Take Back Day offers chance to get rid of expired, unwanted medicine

Mark Heyne
Permanent prescription drug drop-off box at Cincinnati Police headquarters on Ezzard Charles Drive.

If you've got old  medication you'd like to get rid of, you'll have an opportunity Saturday on National Prescription Take Back Day.

Local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration are sponsoring the event.  They say Take Back Day prevents pill abuse and theft and gives people a way to properly dispose of old medications as opposed to flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, which creates potential safety and health hazards.

The event runs from 10 until 2 Saturday.

Some of the local drop off sites include five set up by the Hamilton County Sheriff:

  • Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
  • Harrison Township Civic Center, 9940 New Haven Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030
  • Miami Township Community Center, 3780 Shady Lane, North Bend, Ohio 45052
  • Sheriff's District Four (Silverton), 6860 Plainfiled Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236
  • Whitewater Township Fire Station 105, 6736 St. Rt. 128, Miamitown, Ohio 45041

There will be several sites convenient to Clermont County residents:

  • Milford Walmart, 201 Chamber Drive (Clermont County)
  • Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road (Hamilton County)
  • Mount Orab Kroger, 210 Sterling Run Boulevard, (Brown County)

Permanent sites in Clermont County include:

  • Pierce Township Police Department, 950 Locust Corner Road
  • Goshen Township Police Department, 6757 Goshen Road (Closed Saturdays)
  • Clermont County Sheriff's Office, 4470 SR 222, Batavia

Kentucky State Police will have prescription drug disposal sites at its 16 posts around the state.
Last April, people turned in 390 tons of prescription drugs at more than 6,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,400 run by state and local law enforcement.  Since the DEA started Take Back Day, people have disposed of more than 4 million pounds of pills.