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Unwanted pills sought during ‘take back’

A host of local sites will be participating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday as the federal Drug Enforcement Administration will hold its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Area residents who have unwanted prescriptions pills or other drugs can safely dispose of them at a dozen locations in the Mahoning Valley.

Here are some of the law enforcement agencies accepting these medications:

• Beaver Township Police Department, 601 South Range Road;

• Boardman Police Department, 8299 Market St.;

• Canfield Police Department, 104 Lisbon St.;

• Liberty Police Department, 1315 Hubbard Churchill Road;

• Youngstown State University Police, Fifth Avenue and Wood Street;

• Hubbard Police Department, 233 School St.;

• Sebring Police Department, 135 E. Ohio Ave.;

• Springfield Township Police Department, 3475 E. South Range Road.

During the take back hours, DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illicit drugs will not be accepted. The DEA also will continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges provided lithium batteries are removed.

Last year, the DEA reported that more than 70,000 pounds of unused, unwanted or expired medication was collected.

news@vindy.com

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