WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced more than 250 sites where Ohioans can safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs on “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” this Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in an effort to provide safe, convenient and responsible means for disposal of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse and medications.
“Addiction isn’t an individual problem or a character flaw, it’s a disease – a disease that all too often starts in the family medicine cabinet,” said Brown. “That’s why this DEA-sponsored Drug Take Back Day is so important in Ohio. All prescription medications—especially addictive opioid painkillers—should be disposed of safely to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.”
Brown has been leading the charge to combat the addiction epidemic and to keep opioids out of Ohio. Today, the President signed a final legislative package that includes several of Brown’s provisions to address the addiction crisis in Ohio. Brown secured provisions to bolster the work of treatment centers like Brigid’s Path in Dayton, to lift the Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion, which will expand Americans’ access to treatment for all substance use disorders, including opioid addiction, and to target federal workforce training grants to address the workforce shortages and skill gaps caused by the opioid epidemic. More HERE.
Ohioans can look up the drug take back site closest to them here.