Butler County ready for prescription drug takeback event

Credit: Staff

Credit: Staff

Hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs will make their way out of Butler County medicine cabinets Saturday and into the possession of police officers.

The twice-annual DEA Prescription Drug Takeback program is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at several county locations, including many police stations.

Fairfield Twp. Police Sgt. Brandon McCroskey said this program is important, especially with the opioid epidemic that saw 70,630 people in 2019 die from an opioid overdose, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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“It’s important that we get these medications, especially leftover prescriptions, so they don’t make their way out into the public for people to use, abuse or sell,” said McCroskey.

In 2019, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives, according to the DEA. Most of the misused drugs were obtained through family and friends, often from a home medicine cabinet, the DEA reported.

“Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That’s dangerous and often tragic. That’s why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in – safely and anonymously – a record amount of prescription drugs,” the DEA said.

The April 2020 prescription drug takeback event was canceled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, but many participated in October. Hamilton collected 48 pounds in October 2020, but the city typically collects around 115 pounds, said Hamilton Police Department spokeswoman Officer Kristy Collins.

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Fairfield Twp. collected between 30 and 40 pounds of prescription drugs in October 2020, while West Chester Police collected more than 400 pounds.

“This provides citizens an opportunity to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs that may be sitting around in their medicine cabinets,” Collins said. “We encourage people to participate.”

The DEA Drug Takeback Day will also accept e-cigarettes if batteries are removed.

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DRUG TAKEBACK

Several police departments in Butler County are hosting the DEA National Prescription Drug Takeback on Saturday. They’ll accept old and expired medication, vapes (batteries removed), and vape cartridges from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. Participating police departments include:

Fairfield Police Department will host the DEA National Drug Takeback at its police station, 5230 Pleasant Ave., Fairfield

Fairfield Twp. Police Department will host the DEA National Drug Takeback at its police station, 6485 Vonnie Vale Court, Fairfield Twp.

Hamilton Police Department will host the DEA National Drug Takeback at its police station, 331 S. Front St, Hamilton

Middletown Division of Police will host the DEA National Drug Takeback at the City Building, 1 Donham Plaza, Middletown

Oxford Police Department will host the DEA National Drug Takeback at the Tri-Community Center, 6025 Fairfield Road, Oxford

Ross Twp. Police Department will host the DEA National Drug Takeback at its police station, 4055 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Ross Twp.

West Chester Police Department will host the DEA National Drug Takeback at Walgreen’s parking lot, 7804 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester Twp.

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