SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Saturday was National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. In Springfield Township in Mahoning County, people gave their expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to the police department.
Local police departments and the Drug Enforcement Agency say these drugs are potentially dangerous, especially if they get in the wrong hands.
“Teenagers they know where they’re kept, the medicine cabinets in your bathroom, in your kitchen, wherever it may be” says Lt Raymond Fellows with the Springfield Township Police Department. “If you’re not using those, it’s better to get rid of them in a safe way.”
Last September, Americans turned in more than 300 tons of prescription drugs. Combining the last eight “Take Back” events, nearly 5 million pounds of pills have been collected.
These events to give your drugs back are free and anonymous. You are encouraged to remove the labels on your prescription containers.