Dayton residents now have four additional sites to properly dispose of their unwanted and expired prescription medications. Drop boxes are located at four Dayton Police Department districts, in addition to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department at 345 W. Second St.
“Drop boxes are a great way for the public to properly dispose of unused medications that otherwise might end up in the wrong hands or pose a threat to the environment,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, executive director of Montgomery County’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services. “Prescription drugs, particularly narcotics, are an increasing problem among our youth who often get them from the adults with whom they live.”
The mailbox style drop boxes are located at these Dayton Police Department locations:
2721 Wayne Ave. 248 Salem Ave.
931 Washington St. 335 W. Third St.
“The drop-off sites are secure and confidential,” noted Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. “When the boxes are emptied, the drugs will be incinerated. Prescription drug abuse is a significant problem that affects a lot of people. These drugs have become the target of theft and misuse. Our goal is to keep these drugs out of the hands of people who will misuse or sell them on the street.”
The drop box is only for the disposal of controlled substances, non-controlled prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, syrups, ointments, creams, lotions and inhalers. Items not eligible for the drop box are needles, syringes, thermometers, medical waste, aerosol cans, chemicals, and disinfectants such as hydrogen peroxide. Dayton residents are advised to remove the prescription labels on the medication bottles to protect their privacy.
Three of the boxes cost $2,400 and were obtained through the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators. An additional free box came from the Ohio Prescription Drug Drop Box Program.
Check out this website to find a drop box near you: www.rxdrugdropbox.org/ or find below these drop box sites in Montgomery County:
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department
345 W. Second St.
Dayton, OH 45422
Centerville Police Department
155 W. Spring Valley Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459
Miami Township Police Department
2660 Lyons Rd.
Miamisburg, OH 45342
Butler Township Police Department
8526 N. Dixie Dr.
Dayton, OH 45414
Miamisburg Police Department
10 N. First St.
Miamisburg, OH 45342
German Township Police Department
12102 St. Rt. 725 W.
Germantown, OH 45327
Brookville Police Department
301 Sycamore St.
Dayton, OH 45309