Take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day


MCELROY: Hello, I’m Ursel McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of aging. CRISS: And, I’m Lori Criss, Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. MCELROY: We encourage all Ohioans to take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26. CRISS: Keeping medications past their usefulness can be dangerous because time can change how some medications work. MCELROY: Plus, keeping medications in your home that you do not need increases the risk for accidental or intentional misuse. CRISS: Medications that you no longer take or that have passed the expiration date on their label should be disposed of promptly and properly. MCELROY: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a convenient and safe way to do so. It’s as easy as dropping off your medications at a participating site in your community. CRISS: If you can’t make it to a take-back event, contact your pharmacist. Give them the name of the medications that you wish to dispose of and ask about the most appropriate means of disposal. MCELROY: Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by properly removing unused medications from your home.

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