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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 28

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for those who  missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

Americans that participated in the DEA’s third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, 2011, turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe  and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50  states and U.S. territories. When the results of the three prior Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA, and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and  community partners have removed 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of medication from circulation in the past 13 months.

On April 28, 2012, there are several drop-off locations scattered throughout central Ohio communities. Bring your expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to one of the locations listed on this map and law enforcement officers will dispose of these medications in a safe, legal and environmentally conscious manner.

Pharmacists and student pharmacists are encouraged to spread the word.

Along with to the locations on the map linked above, Ohioans can go to www.dea.gov to find a disposal spot where they can safely hand over unwanted prescription medications. The DEA is partnering with agents from the Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to assist at the drop off locations.

In addition the Attorney General is partnering with several statewide associations including the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Children's Hospital Association, The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Ohio Grocers Association, Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio Pharmacists Association and the Ohio State Medical Association. The poster campaign reminds Ohioans that one phone call to 855-BCI-OHIO could save someone's life.

A copy of the poster can be found on the Attorney General's website.

For more information on the locations linked on the Central Ohio map, please visit the NBC 4 website and the OhioHealth website.


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