Drug Take-BackDay set for April 29

April 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Law Director Megan E. Raber, Mayor Dave Kline and the Tallmadge Police Department are hosting Tallmadge Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at the Police Department, 53 Northeast Ave., with an other drop-off locations at Acme Fresh Market, 600 South Ave. and Giant Eagle, 205 West Ave.

Citizens may turn in unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal. Residents are asked to keep the medicines in their containers and mark out any identifying information. The take-back is only for pills, capsules and liquids -- syringes cannot be accepted. For syringe disposal, call 330-926-5600.

Many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of unused medicine -- it should not be thrown away or flushed down the toilet, which can lead to environmental problems. Tallmadge Prescription Drug Take-Back Day enabled Tallmadge citizens to properly dispose of unused prescriptions reducing the threat of prescription drug abuse. The Tallmadge Police Department is a permanent drop-off location for Summit County's DUMP (Dispose of Unused Medications Properly) Program.

The event is being held on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)'s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. According to the DEA, unused prescription medicines are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The agency called the rates of prescription drug abuse, accidental poisoning from prescription drugs, and prescription drug overdoses "alarming," and noted that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from home medicine cabinets of family and friends. Raber and Kline hope the citizens will take advantage of this opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets.