Help save a life by turning in your unused and undesired pill medications. New Albany-area residents can turn in undesired pill and capsule medications at the Plain Township Fire Station (9500 Johnstown Road) on Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Only pills and capsules will be collected; liquid medications and syringes cannot be turned in. The collected drugs will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. Click here to learn more.