Drug take-back event set

TROY — On Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Miami County Sheriff’s Office and Miami County Sanitary Engineer’s Office will host a drop-off event where residents can bring unwanted pill medications for disposal to the Miami County Sanitary Engineer’s Office (Transfer Station) located at 2200 N. County Road 25-A, Troy.

This curbside drop-off gives the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse, according to Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Duchak. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs, he said.

Duchak said studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety, health, and environmental hazards, he said.

For more information, contact the Miami County Sheriff’s Office at 440-6085 or the Miami County Sanitary Engineer’s Office at 440-3488. The Miami County Sheriff’s Office also maintains two drug drop-off boxes. One is located at the Incarceration Facility located at 2042 N. County Road 25-A. The other drug drop-off box is located in the sheriff’s office lobby in the Safety Building, 201 W. Main St., Troy. Both boxes are accessible to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.