On Saturday, October 26th, law enforcement entities participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) national drug take back day, resulting in 146 lbs. of unused or expired medication collected for disposal. Urbana Police Division in partnership with Kroger, the Champaign County Drug Free Youth Coalition, Mary Rutan Hospital, and the U.S. DEA collected 37 lbs. of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Across the county, the Mechanicsburg Police Department collected 109 lbs. from the villages of Mechanicsburg and North Lewisburg.
If you happened to miss the event, but need to dispose of medication, please visit one of the five local drug drop boxes. Drug drop boxes are located at the Champaign County Sheriff's Office, Mercy Health Urbana Hospital (near emergency room entrance), Urbana Police Department, St. Paris Police Department, and Mechanicsburg Police Department. If you are unable to dispose of medications at a drop box location, or if no disposal instructions are given on the prescription drug labeling, the Drug Enforcement Agency recommends following these simple steps to throw the drugs in the household trash:
Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet unless the prescription drug labeling or patient information that accompanied the medicine specifically instructs you to do so. Please also ensure you are compliant with your community’s laws and regulations prior to taking such action. For more information, please visit: www.ccfcfc.org/drug-free-youth-coalition