Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Mifflin Township Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your pills for disposal to the parking lot of the Mifflin Township Police Department, located directly behind the fire station located at 2459 Agler Rd. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The department cannot accept liquids, needles, sharps or patches. This location is for pills only. Other items can be dropped at the following Kroger locations, which is also participating in the project.
- 300 South Hamilton Road, Gahanna, OH
- 3637 South High Street, Columbus, OH
- 2090 Crown Plaza Drive, Columbus, OH
- 6095 Gender Road, Canal Winchester, OH
- 55 West Schrock Road, Westerville, OH
- 1375 Chambers Road, Columbus, OH
- 4656 Cemetery Road, Hilliard, OH
"The event is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs," said Mifflin Township Police Chief William Price. “In general, law enforcement is seeing an increase in property crimes such as car theft, burglary, theft, shoplifting and vandalism, all driven by opiate abuse. This is an opportunity to stem the flow of illegal prescriptions into the community.”
Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.
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. 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.
If you can't make the next Prescription Take Back Day, you can deliver old medicines, typically pills only, to several law enforcement agencies in central Ohio, including the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. Please remember that many locations are open during business hours only. The drop box for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office is located in the front lobby of 373 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215. This box accepts pills only and is accessible 24 hours a day/seven days a week. Check out this website to find a drop box near you.
Mifflin Township has a police department that serves the unincorporated portion of the township. The division has a police station and employs 6 full time police officers and 7 part-time officers.