Police departments across the Valley are holding a Drug Tack Back Day on Saturday.
The event is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration and local partners.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., people can turn in their unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs.
In New Middletown, people who turn in drugs will receive a “hugs not drugs” lollipop and a pill capsule stress ball as thanks for properly disposing of the drugs in a safe way.
Last October, the public turned in 914,236 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,800 of its partners.
“We know of many cases where leftover pain pills have led to an opioid addiction,” said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman. “Properly disposing of these pills is one important step anyone can take to get involved in turning the tide on the opioid epidemic that has caused so much pain here in Ohio.”
Select Walmart and Sam’s Club stores are also participating in Drug Take Back Day. Walmart stores are also hosting free wellness clinics.
To find a department or agency in your area that’s participating in Drug Take Back Day, use the search link at takebackday.dea.gov.
Mercy Health also has 24-hour drug drop-off boxes at its Youngstown, Warren and Boardman locations.