GAHANNA, Ohio – This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mifflin Township Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years 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 department cannot accept liquids, needles, sharps or patches. This location is for pills only. Other items can be dropped at Kroger, which is also participating in the project. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 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.
For more information about disposing of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 22 Take Back Day, go to the DEA Diversion website or call the Mifflin Township Police Department at 614-471-3548.
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. The department received 4,543 calls for service in 2015.