Each fall and spring, community coalitions and businesses participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back day, where you can gather and dispose your unused or expired prescriptions with the help of local law enforcement. Typically, you’ll find a site at a local grocery store, pharmacy, or businesses from 10am – 2pm. This year on Saturday, October 22nd, there are two registered sites in Warren County:
1. At the Lebanon Kroger on 1425 Columbus Ave. Lebanon, OH 45036 from 10am – 2pm
2. At the Franklin FallFest on 1 Benjamin Franklin Way, Franklin, OH 45005 from 11am – 2pm

Many people have unused prescriptions in their medicine cabinets at home. People keep them for different reasons. Sometimes we aren’t sure what to do with the old medication, or we keep them in case of an emergency. It makes sense, prescription drugs are expensive, and it is a time-consuming process to go to the Dr. when you are sick. Yet, this poses risks for you and your family.

Short-term, it seems convenient to have medications on hand, but there are several long-term consequences to consider. Prescription drugs, when not used properly, are drugs of abuse. They can produce feelings of euphoria, numbness, etc. depending on the drug. These are tempting for a child or teenager to experiment with. They readily available and may seem less dangerous because they are prescribed by a family physician. Or perhaps you have a family member silently struggling with addiction. Having them in the home and unmonitored allows for access that otherwise would not be there. It’s both abusive and illegal to take them not as directed by your doctor.

Here’s how you can take action! Bring any unused, unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter meds to a location listed above. Law enforcement and volunteers from the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Warren County will happily put the medications in a disposal bin. When you drop them off, no questions will be asked, and you can feel proud for doing your part to prevent drug abuse and addiction. Please be aware that liquids, patches, and needles are not allowed. Some pharmacies have needle drop boxes for you to safely throw them away.

Did you know taking them to a drop-off site is also helpful for environment? Flushing meds down the drain contaminates our water ways and eventually our drinking water.

Lastly, if you don’t live in the area, you can search for a nearby location by visiting this link on the DEA website. See you on October 22nd!