This Saturday, Oct. 26, the Mifflin Township Division of Police, in conjunction with 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 division of police parking lot, located directly behind the fire station at 2459 Agler Rd. anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The department cannot accept liquids, needles, sharps or patches. This location is for pills only. To find participating locations for other items, visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/ Here you will find a collection site locator.
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.
E-Cigarette & Vaping Devices Disposal Information
In addition, to help combat the continued vaping health crisis across the country, DEA and Mifflin Township will be collecting vaping pens and cartridges at collection sites. Through discussions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), DEA has determined that vaping pens without the internal batteries are considered household hazardous waste, the exact same waste designation as the NTBI collected pharmaceuticals and can therefore be co-mingled with NTBI materials.
Pens with batteries in them, however, are a different waste stream designation and, more importantly, are considered a potential fire hazard. For those that have batteries that cannot be removed, please inform the consumer to call their local hazardous waste management facility or they can check with large electronic chain stores who may accept the devices for proper disposal.
For more information about disposing of prescription drugs or about the Take Back Day, go to the DEA Diversion website or call the Mifflin Township Police Department at 614-471-3548.
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.