(Dublin, Ohio) The City of Dublin is launching a new initiative in October to collect unused and expired prescription pills. Dublin Police will hold “Take-back Tuesday” events at various parks around Dublin to provide a convenient, safe way for residents to dispose of their medications.
Prescription pill abuse is a problem in communities across the country, including ours, and it contributes to the growing opiate epidemic. By hosting these take-back events, the City hopes to help residents remove the risk of having highly addictive opiates in their homes.
“Unused prescription medications can pose a problem,” says Mayor Greg Peterson. “People often forget that they still have them on hand. By getting rid of old medications, they reduce the risk of the pills getting into the wrong hands.”
The first Take-back Tuesday will be held Tuesday, October 17 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Kaltenbach Park, located at 5985 Cara Road. Residents are invited to bring their unused medications and come talk to Dublin Police personnel about the dangers of opiate abuse.
“We want residents to clean out their medicine cabinets, and bring all those old pill bottles with unused medications to these events. We’ll have trained police officers on hand to collect the pills and make sure they are disposed of properly,” says Dublin Police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg. “Even if you don’t have unused medications in your home, come on out to one of these events to learn more about the ongoing opiate crisis and how it affects all of us.”
The City plans to host these events Tuesdays in October, leading up to National Pill Take-back Day on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Dublin Police will be collecting pills from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Justice Center parking lot located at 6565 Commerce Parkway.
The schedule is as follows:
- Tuesday, October 17 (6 – 7:30 p.m.) – Kaltenbach Park, 5985 Cara Road
- Tuesday, October 24, (6 – 7:30 p.m.) – Scioto Park, 7377 Riverside Drive
*Residents who attend one of our Take-Back Tuesday events will receive a free ticket to the 2018 Dublin Irish Festival.
In addition to Take-back Tuesdays and National Pill Take-back day, a prescription pill drop box is available at the Dublin Justice Center 24/7 for pill disposal.
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