MASON COUNTY — Mason County residents having expired or unwanted prescription drugs will have a convenient way to dispose of them when the annual Drug Take-Back Day is held.
Several county agencies will join forces for the event, set for Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. According to Brittni Kaylor, Mason County Prevention Coalition coordinator, there will be two locations – the New Haven Fire Station and the county courthouse annex parking lot on Fifth Street in Point Pleasant.
Kaylor said Drug Take-Back Day provides residents with a way to turn in their unused or expired medications with no questions asked. Each year, the prevention coalition, health department, various police agencies and volunteers coordinate the event. There will be bins at each location for residents to simply drop the medications into.
This will be the fourth year the take-back day has been held in New Haven. It has been held even longer in the Point Pleasant area.
Drug Take-Back Day is a national initiative by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration, aimed at providing a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. It also educates the general public about the potential possibility of abuse of medications if left in homes and not used.
For those unable to make it to the take-back day, a permanent drug drop box is located inside the entrance of the Mason County Courthouse. It is accessible during regular courthouse business hours.
For more information on Drug Take-Back Day, contact Kaylor at 740-416-3455 or by email at [email protected]
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.