Mayor David G. Kline, Law Director Megan E. Raber and the Tallmadge Police Department are hosting Tallmadge Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Drop-off locations for unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs include: the Police Department at 53 Northeast Ave.; Acme Fresh Market at 600 South Ave.; and Giant Eagle at 205 West Ave.
As part of an ongoing fight against prescription drug abuse, citizens may turn in their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal. Be sure to keep medicines in their containers and mark out any identifying information. Note that the take-back is only for pills, capsules, or liquids; syringes cannot be accepted. For syringe disposal, call 330-926-5600.
Many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of unused medicine — it should not be thrown away or flushed down the toilet, which can lead to environmental problems. Tallmadge Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will enable the citizens of Tallmadge to properly dispose of unused prescriptions reducing the threat of prescription drug abuse.
The Tallmadge Police Department is a permanent drop-off location for Summit County’s D.U.M.P. (Dispose of Unused Medications Properly) Program.
The event is being held on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
According to the DEA, unused prescription medicines are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The agency called the rates of prescription drug abuse, accidental poisoning from prescription drugs, and prescription drug overdoses “alarming,” and noted that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from home medicine cabinets of family and friends.
Mayor Kline and Law Director Raber hope citizens will take advantage of this opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets.