Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s second drug drop-off day, held Saturday, Jan. 22 at three sites in Clark and Montgomery counties, yielded 711 pounds of prescription drugs and items unused and expired sharp points, reinforcing the enormous value of these public protection events.
“Ohioans in these areas kicked off 2022 by cleaning out their medicine cabinets — with old, unused prescription drugs and new, safe storage at home,” Yost said. “Throwing unused prescriptions down the drain is not an environmentally friendly means of disposal, which is why these drop-off days are so beneficial.”
Millions of Americans misuse prescription drugs every year, with studies showing most get them from family or friends — often from their own medicine cabinet.
Here is a breakdown, by place of deposit, of the medicines collected on Saturday:
- Dayton Fire Station 11, 145 S. Warren St., Dayton: 495 pounds of drugs and 40 pounds of sharp objects
- Utilities Department, 3130 E. Main St., Springfield: 63 pounds of drugs
- Tecumseh School, 10000 W. National Rd., New Carlisle: 112 pounds of drugs
AG’s first drug drop-off day — held July 31 at two sites each in Franklin, Fayette and Scioto counties — yielded 446 pounds of drugs.
“700 pounds of prescription drugs is the weight of a vending machine,” Yost said. “Obviously, removing such a load of drugs from our communities is not a one-person job, so we are grateful to our partners and to the people of Ohio who answered our call to drop their medications.”
The Attorney General urged Ohioans to watch their local news for upcoming drug drop dates and locations.
Anyone who missed drug drop-off day can get rid of unnecessary prescriptions by contacting local law enforcement. To ensure that you practice safe storage, review the storage guidelines highlighted here.