Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014

Safe Medicine Disposal Offered at Operation Medicine Drop

Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, but when they are no longer needed it’s important to dispose of them properly to avoid harm to others. The annual Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Drug Take-Back Initiative addresses high rates of prescription drug abuse and vital public safety and health issues.

 Bring expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications to Operation Medicine Drop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Jackson Township Fire Station, 3650 Hoover Road. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Pills, powders and liquids, including pet medicine, are disposed of in a safe and environmentally protective manner. Potential health hazards and safety issues caused by disposing of drugs in toilets or landfills are avoided. Empty containers are shredded.

Operation Medicine Drop is sponsored by the City of Grove City, Grove City Division of Police, Jackson Township Fire Department, Giant Eagle, Keep Grove City Beautiful and the DEA.

In March, in support of National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators’ safety initiatives, the Grove City Division of Police installed a Rx Drug Drop Box in the Grove City Safety Complex, 3360 Park St. The drug drop box is available for anonymous disposal of medicine any time of the day or night.

For more information, call the environmental coordinator at 614-277-3058.