SOLON, OH — Solon residents are able to use the police department's drug collection box to get rid of unwanted medications.
National Prescription Drug Takeback Day is Oct. 24. Solon police usually hold a drive-up event to encourage residents to dispose of unwanted medications, but due to COVID-19 that event won't be held.
Instead, residents can dispose of unused or expired drugs (pills only) in a collection box at the Solon police department. The box is available every day, all day.
The last National Prescription Drug Takeback Day was held in October 2019. More than 230 police departments in Ohio participated in the event.
During that one day in October 2019, Ohio officials collected more than 50,000 pounds of unwanted prescription medications. Since the DEA launched the event, more than 500,000 pounds of prescription drugs have been collected in Ohio.
“DEA’s Take Back Day events have been extremely successful in not only removing potentially dangerous unused drugs from our nation’s medicine cabinets, but also in raising awareness of their link to addiction and overdose deaths,” said DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon after the October 2019 event.