Despite all the efforts and resources from public health agencies and safety personnel, opioid and heroin addiction remains a major health and safety crisis in our state and across our nation. This is an issue that touches people and communities of all socio-economic backgrounds and ages, including right here in Upper Arlington.
Every year, millions of Americans gain access to prescription drugs, such as pain relievers and stimulants, and use them for non-medical purposes.
Clearly, accessing these types of drugs is easy – but it is also very easy for each of us to do something about it. If you have expired or unused prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet, don’t let them stay there for easy access by a curious teen or a visitor to your home.
Bring them to the next DEA Drug Take Back Day collection event hosted by our Police Division. The spring event is scheduled for 10 am-2 pm, on Saturday, April 27 at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road. Drugs can be dropped off drive-thru style in the Tremont Road parking lot.
Here are some guidelines on what to bring:
- Accepted items: Any prescription pills. Empty items into plastic bags for easy, anonymous disposal.
- Items that cannot be accepted: Thermometers, inhalers, ointments, liquids, needles (sharps), medication/medical waste from businesses or clinics, or any over-the-counter medication.
Should you be unable to stop by during the Take Back event, a permanent Drug Collection Unit is located in the Police Division Administrative Offices, at 3600 Tremont Road, and is open to the public 8 am-5 pm, Mondays–Fridays.
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