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West Chester Police offer medication disposal day

Post Date:04/19/2017 10:52 AM
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Officers with the West Chester Police Department will staff a drop-off location for prescription drugs on Saturday, April 29.  Residents may stop by the parking lot of Walgreen’s, 7804 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, any time between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs in a safe manner.

No syringes or lancets will be accepted at this drop-off, nor will over-the-counter syrup or liquid medications. Any medications that are collected will be disposed of in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner.

“Getting unused or unwanted prescription medications out of your medicine cabinet and disposing of them properly is one of the easiest ways for you to make a positive contribution in the fight against drug addiction – an issue that no community is immune to,” Chief Joel Herzog said.

Addiction to street drugs like heroin often starts with, or is supplemented by abuse of prescription medication. Keeping leftover medicine like pain pills in easy-to-access locations around the home is unsafe, Herzog said.

This event is hosted in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Medications may also be disposed of year-round in collection bins provided by the Ohio Attorney General. Bins are located at certain law enforcement agencies throughout the state. For a list, visit www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov and search “Prescription Drug Drop Box.”

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