Portman, Brown Announce National Prescription Drug Take Back Day This Saturday, Encourage Ohioans to Participate

Senators Encourage Ohioans to Safely Dispose of Unused and Unwanted Prescription Medications Tomorrow, Saturday, April 30 Starting at 10:00 AM

April 29, 2022 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced Ohioans can safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs on “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” tomorrow, Saturday, April 30 starting at 10:00 A.M. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in an effort to provide safe, convenient and responsible means for disposal of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for misuse and medications.

“In 2021, drug overdose deaths reached a never-before-seen high in this country, due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. We all must redouble our efforts to curb abuse and addiction in this country,” said Portman. “Most individuals who become addicted to opioids start by using prescription drugs, and that’s why safely disposing of unused prescription drugs is critical tool in our efforts to stop opioid abuse. I urge all Ohioans to clean out their medicine cabinets and participate in this year’s Drug Take Back event.”

“Addiction isn’t an individual problem or a character flaw, it’s a disease – a disease that all too often starts in the family medicine cabinet,” said Brown. “That’s why this DEA-sponsored Drug Take Back Day is so important in Ohio. Now more than ever, as drug overdoses have increased amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all prescription medications — especially addictive opioid painkillers — should be disposed of safely to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.”

Ohioans can look up the drug take back site closest to them here.