MASON COUNTY — Drug Take Back Day, a time when residents can safely dispose of their expired and unused prescription medications, has been set for Saturday, April 29.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in two locations – the New Haven Fire Station and the Mason County Courthouse Annex parking lot in Point Pleasant, according to Brittni Kaylor, coordinator of the Mason County Prevention Coalition.
Kaylor said people can turn in any prescription pills, no questions asked. A container will be made available at each location and those participating simply drop the medications into it. Labels may be removed from the bottles, if desired. Needles will not be accepted.
Mason County Sheriff Greg Powers said the program has been very successful in the past. He stated deputies, Grant Hysell in New Haven and Ronnie Spencer in Point Pleasant, will remain at the event to ensure safety.
The sheriff said the take back day is more of a service to local residents. He stated it is frequently used by people who have had a family member die, and have not known what to do with their leftover medications.
Once the event is over, the medications from the New Haven location are taken to Point Pleasant. There, representatives of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms pick up the pills for incineration, the sheriff said.
Residents who are unable to attend the take back day can dispose of their medications in other safe ways, according to Powers. There is a permanent drug drop box located at the courthouse and available during regular hours. Kits that render small amounts of pills useless are also available, and will be at each location that day.
Participating in the take back day, along with the other local agencies, will be the Town of New Haven.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Americans turned in more unused drugs in 2016 than on any of the previous 10 Drug Take Back Days. Over 893,400 pounds of medications were collected.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at email@example.com.