WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH)  and Rob Portman (R-OH) announced nearly 250 sites where Ohioans can safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs on “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, April 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.” 

“It’s important to remember that four out of five people addicted to opioids start out using prescription drugs,” said Portman. “Safely disposing of unused prescription drugs is critical tool in our efforts to stop opioid abuse and I urge all Ohioans to clean out their medicine cabinets and participate in this year’s Drug Take Back event.” 

Last week, Brown and Portman announced that the Ohio State University (OSU) and its partner universities, the University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, University of Toledo, Wright State University, and Case Western Reserve University, will receive a total of $65.9 million in federal funding over the next four years to help address the addiction crisis. 

Ohioans can look up the drug take back site closest to them here.