Drug Take Back Day is Saturday: Where will drop-off locations be?


UPDATE @ 11:50 a.m.:

Moraine officials had collected a large amount of pills Saturday morning, turned in for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The city is holding its collection in the lobby of the municipal building until 2 p.m.

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City of Moraine employees dump out unused pills turned in by residents on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 28, 2018. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

City of Moraine employees dump out unused pills turned in by residents on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 28, 2018.  KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

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City of Moraine employees dump out unused pills turned in by residents on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 28, 2018. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

To find all the locations hosting drug drop-offs, search here: takebackday.dea.gov

Pill bottles that are turned in will be emptied and recycled for use by the Humane Society for prescriptions for animals.

Locations participating in the drop-off can only accept pills, not liquids or powders.

UPDATE @ 11:12 a.m.:

Kettering Police are among dozens of agencies in the area holding prescription drug drop-off events today as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Half an hour into the event, they'd already collected several bags full of unused and leftover prescription.
Anyone who can't drop off unwanted medications today can use the permanent drop box located inside the Kettering Police Department lobby, 3600 Shroyer Road, any day of the year.


The White House, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local authorities are reminding people that Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The goal of the nationwide effort is to allow Americans to safely dispose of unwanted or unused prescription medications that may have accumulated in their medicine cabinets.

Having unneeded prescriptions around the house has been shown to fuel drug abuse. Those drugs can also expire and become dangerous for use or can accidentally end up in the hands of children.

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The 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicated that more than 3 million people aged 12 or older were current abusers of pain relievers, and that more than 11.5 million people aged 12 or older reported misuse of opioid pain relievers in the past year.

The abuse of prescription pain pills has been a major contributing factor in the overdose epidemic that killed 42,000 Americans in 2016 and even more in 2017.

According to data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network, from 2004 to 2011, an estimated 22,174 children aged 1 to 5 were taken to an emergency room due to accidental ingestion of opioid pain relievers.

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National Take Back Day happens twice per year, in April and October.

According to the DEA, results from the October 2017 National Take Back Day show 4,274 law enforcement partners participated at 5,321 collection sites and collected 912,305 pounds of prescription drugs — more than the weight of three Boeing 757 airplanes.

Local locations participating in Saturday’s drop-off event include all Dayton Police stations. Some police departments in the area are holding their drop-offs at schools, churches, health centers or Kroger locations. Most events run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To find locations participating Saturday, search by address or city at: takebackday.dea.gov

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Those who can't make it to a drop-off location can dispose of unused medication at home by using a disposal bag — offered free at local Kroger pharmacies, county mental health and addiction services boards, Goodwill/Easter Seals Miami Valley and by mail from the National Safety Council. Household products like cat litter or coffee grounds can also be used to safely dispose of unwanted drugs.

There are many locations across Southwest Ohio that will accept unused medications for drop-off year-round. Some are even open 24/7.

Local permanent drug drop-off locations:

Clark County Sheriff's Office, 120 N Fountain Ave, Springfield, (937) 521-2050

Greene County Sheriff's Office, 120 E. Main Street, Xenia, 937-562-4803

Central State University Police Department, 1400 Brush Row Rd, Wilberforce, 937-376-6223

City of Middletown Police, 1 Donham Plaza, Middletown, (513) 425-7766

Eaton Police Division, 328 N. Maple Street, Eaton, 937-456-5531

Preble County Sheriff's Office, 1139 Preble Drive, Eaton, 937-456-6262

Miami County Incarceration Facility, 2042 N. County Rd 25 A, Troy, (937) 440-3961

German Township Police Department, 3940 Lawrenceville Drive, Springfield, 937-855-7215

Dayton Police, 951 Washington St., Dayton, 937-333-1000

Dayton Police, 2721 Wayne Avenue

Dayton Police, 335 West Third St.

Dayton Police, 248 Salem Avenue

Montgomery County Sheriff 's Office, 345 W Second St Dayton, OH 45422, 937-225-6490

Miami Township Police Department, 2660 Lyons Road, Miamisburg, OH 45342, 937-433-2301

Beavercreek Police Department, 1388 Research Pk Dr. Beavercreek, OH 45432, 937-427-5523

City of Miamisburg Police Department, 10 North First St. Miamisburg, Ohio 45342, 937-847-6600

Centerville Police Department, 155 West Spring Valley Road Centerville, Ohio 45458, 937-433-7661

Butler Township Police, 8526 North Dixie Drive, 937-890-2671

Fairborn Police Department, 70 West Hebble Ave. Fairborn , OH 45324, 937-754-3067

Franklin Police Department, 400 Anderson St., Franklin, OH 45005, 937-746-2882

German Township Police Department, 12102 State Route 725 W Germantown, OH 45327, 937-855-7215

City of Brookville Police, 301 Sycamore St., Brookville, OH 45309, 937-833-2001

Warren County Sheriff's Office Lobby, 550 Justice Drive, Lebanon, OH 45036, Available 24/7

Maineville Police Department, 8188 State Route 48, Maineville, OH 45039, Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Loveland Police Department, 126 S. Lebanon Rd., Loveland, OH 45140, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Franklin Police Department, 400 Anderson St., Franklin, OH 45005, Available 24/7

Clinton County Sheriff's Office Lobby, 1645 Davids Drive, Wilmington, OH 45177, Available 24/7

Wilmington Police Department, 69 N. South St., Wilmington, OH 45177, Available 24/7

Sabina Police Department Lobby, 99 N. Howard St., Sabina, OH 45169, Available 24/7

Urbana Hospital, 904 Scioto St., Urbana, Ohio 43078, available 24/7

Springfield Regional Medical Center, 100 Medical Center Drive, Springfield, Ohio 45504, accessible Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

What is an opioid?

All types of unwanted pills can be dropped off during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, from antibiotics to vitamins. Opioids are powerful pain medicines that are frequently abused and can lead to death if too much is ingested — an overdose. The following are names of opioids one might have in their home prescribed from a doctor.

Morphine — brand names MSIR, Roxanol, MSContin, Oramorph SR, Kadian, Avinza

Oxycodone (sometimes with acetaminophen) — brand names Oxycontin, OxyIR, Oxyfast, Endocodone, Roxilox, Roxicet, Percocet, Tylox, Endocet

Hydrocodone — brand names Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab, Zydone, Hydrocet, Norco

Hydromorphone — brand names Dilaudid, Hydrostat

Fentanyl — brand name Duragesic patch

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