When & where to drop off expired, unused meds

Posted at 11:26 AM, Sep 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-26 11:26:05-04

BATAVIA, Ohio -- Have some old prescriptions taking up space in your medicine cabinet?

For National Prescription Take-Back Day, several police departments and city administrations will have more than a dozen drop-off sites later this month that'll take them off your hands and make sure they get disposed of properly.

These sites will have free drop-off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015:

  • Amelia Police Department, 44 W. Main St.
  • Clermont Sheriff at Central Joint Fire/EMS, 2401 Old S.R. 32
  • Clermont Sheriff at Clermont Northeastern Schools, 5327 Hutchinson Road
  • Felicity Police Department, 415 W. Walnut St.
  • Goshen Police Department, 6757 Goshen Road
  • New Richmond Police Department, 102 Willow St.
  • Pierce Township Police Department, 950 Locust Corner Road
  • Union Township Police at Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road
  • Deer Park City Building, 7777 Blue Ash Road
  • Florence Police Department, 8100 Ewing Boulevard
  • Franklin Farmer's Market, 1 Benjamin Franklin Way (until 1 p.m.)
  • Clearcreek Township Administration Building, 7593 Bunnell Hill Road

There are also five permanent (and still free) drop boxes in the county:

  • Amelia Police Department
  • Bethel Police Department
  • Goshen Police Department
  • Pierce Township Police Department
  • Clermont County Sheriff's Office
  • Hamilton Police Department

If you're thinking of just flushing the meds, don't: They can accumulate in local streams and waterways, and ultimately end up in the drinking water supply (where there are already tiny amounts of pharmaceuticals).

Experts also say it's important to get prescription drugs -- particularly painkillers, depressants and stimulants -- out of the house once you no longer need them to prevent possible abuse.

(Note: will update this story as more local communities announce their drop-off sites.)

Use the map to find a drop site near you; permanent drop boxes are marked in red, and the one-day-only sites are blue: