Drug drop-off site available in Liberty

LIBERTY – Liberty Police Capt. Steve Shimko spent his Saturday afternoon reminding residents that there is a permanent place for them to drop off their old prescription medications.

“Tell your friends,” he said with a smile as people exited the Liberty Township Administration Building on Saturday.

Liberty and Girard Police participated in the National Prescription Take Back Day in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Agency to give people a place to dispose of their unused, outdated or unwanted medications.

“Any time you have any drugs you don’t want hanging around the house, just bring them out here,” Shimko said.

There is a permanent drop-off box available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and he hopes people will spread the word.

Other departments participating included Bazetta, which held a drop-off at the police station.

“All drugs are dangerous,” Shimko said, whether it be aspirin or narcotics or something else entirely, and flushing them down the toilet is a thing of the past.

“The old joke was that the fish at Mosquito Lake weren’t biting because they were all high,” he quipped. But on a more serious note, he said, “It’s not good for the environment. These drugs go into the water system.”

It was the second year for Liberty to participate in the drug take-back event, and residents were taking advantage of it.

“I didn’t know what to do with them. They say not to flush it down the toilet,” said Janice Kusick, 77, of Girard.

Kusick said she was able to clean out her closet and drives past the Liberty site all the time.

Toni Guy, 52, of Liberty, said she had been holding onto her old medications for far too long and was happy to dispose of them the proper way.

Bertha Froomkin, 89, of Liberty, was happy to hear that the drop-off box is available year-round. She said she would tell her friends.

Shimko said the drop-off box will be emptied routinely at least every two weeks.

“It’s always here – like a mailbox,” he said.