NEW MIDDLETOWN VILLAGE, Ohio (WKBN) — Many local police departments are participating in Drug Take Back Day Saturday, accepting any unwanted, unused or expired drugs with no questions asked.
The New Middletown Police will have boxes placed outside the municipal building at 10711 Main Street. For safety, a police officer will be on hand to watch over the drop-offs.
New Middletown Police Chief Vince D’Egidio says it is a proactive way to try and combat both prescription and heroin drug abuse.
“What happens is, people steal those drugs to get high and they’ll also steal those drugs to buy other drugs,” D’Egidio said. “Especially with the heroin in the area. We have a significant problem in Mahoning County.”
Chief D’Egidio says it’s an easy way to get drugs off the street and dispose of them properly.
“Once that stuff is done, Monday morning, the DEA will come up pick up the sealed boxes. They take them to an undisclosed location and they burn them,” D’Egidio said.
Saturday’s event goes from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For information on Drug Take Back Day, including drop-off locations, click here.