The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is spearheading a nationwide Drug Take-Back event for Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Called the “National Take-Back Day”, this event provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.
The Village of Johnstown Police Department and several organizations throughout Licking County are helping to coordinate this effort. There will be several collection sites throughout Licking County on the day of this event including the Johnstown Municipal Building (599 S. Main Street). Other locations include:
Pataskala-Pataskala Police Department, 430 S. Main St.
Newark-Kohl’s Parking Lot, 1041 Mount Vernon Rd.
Heath-Best Buy Parking Lot, 701 Hebron Rd.
Medicines play an important role in treating certain health conditions and diseases, but they must be disposed of with care to avoid harming the environment. The Village of Johnstown supports efforts to ensure the safe and secure disposal of unused, unwanted, or expired medications.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or drain
Do not throw medications away in the trash
Instead, the public should take advantage of pharmaceutical “take-back” programs.
Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter medications will be collected. Liquid products and creams in its containers will be accepted. Sharps and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
This program is absolutely anonymous and all efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made by law enforcement personnel present. Participants should remove any personal information from bottles or packages that contain pills/capsules and liquids and place the bottles or packages into the disposal box.