Officers collecting unused prescriptions during Saturday’s National Drug Take-Back Day

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LIBERTY, Ohio (WKBN) – The Liberty Township Police Department has teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to dispose of prescription drugs.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is recognized twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. You can get rid of any unwanted, expired or unused medication safely.

According to the DEA Diversion Control Division, the April 2021 Take-Back Day brought in 420 tons of medication between all of its national sites.

The Liberty Township Administration Building was open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday for prescription drug drop-off. No liquids, needles or sharps were accepted.

“It’s getting a lot of these unused medications cleared out of people’s medicine cabinets. They’re not getting flushed and ending up in the water supply or abused by people,” said Sgt. Michael Janovick, with the Liberty Township Police Department.

On Monday, the prescription drugs will go to the DEA, where they will incinerate them at a secure location.

There is also a drug drop-off box in the Liberty Township Administration lobby that’s open to the public year-round. People can drop off their unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications Mondays through Fridays.

There are more places where you can drop them off, including the Boardman, Canfield, Liberty and Hubbard police departments.

In Columbiana County, you can take them to the county Drug Task Force, East Liverpool City Hospital or the SRMC Professional Services Building.

Both Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman applauded the efforts of the DEA’s sponsored event.

“This pandemic has made the addiction epidemic in our communities worse, and we cannot lose sight of that fact,” Portman said. “Most individuals who become addicted to opioids start by using prescription drugs, and that’s why safely disposing of unused prescription drugs is a critical tool in our efforts to stop opioid abuse. I urge all Ohioans to clean out their medicine cabinets and participate in this year’s Drug Take-Back event.”

To find a full list of times and locations, visit the Take-Back Day’s website.

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