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Wed. 10:36 a.m.: Unwanted pills sought during Saturday’s ‘take back’

A host of local sites will be participating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday as the federal Drug Enforcement Administration will hold its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Area residents who have unwanted prescriptions pills or other drugs can safely dispose of them at a dozen locations in the Mahoning Valley.

Here are the law enforcement agencies accepting these medications:

– Bazetta Township Police Department, 2671 McCleary Jacoby Road;

– Beaver Township Police Department, 601 South Range Road;

– Boardman Police Department, 8299 Market St.;

– Canfield Police Department, 104 Lisbon St.;

– Liberty Police Department, 1315 Hubbard Churchill Road;

– Youngstown State University Police, Fifth Avenue and Wood Street;

– Hubbard Police Department, 233 School St.;

– Hiram Police Department, 11617 Garfield Road.;

– Middlefield Police Department, 14860 N. State Ave.;

– Newton Falls Police Department, first-floor main lobby, 19 N. Canal St.;

– Sebring Police Department, 135 E. Ohio Ave.;

– Springfield Township Police Department, 3475 E. South Range Road.

During the take back hours, DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illicit drugs will not be accepted. The DEA will also continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges provided lithium batteries are removed.

At last year’s event, the DEA reported that more than 70,000 pounds of unused, unwanted or expired medication was collected.

This year’s event is more important than ever, according to a DEA news release because of the agency’s One Pill Can Kill campaign that warns Americans of a surge in deadly, fake prescription pills driven by drug traffickers interested in expanding the opioid epidemic.

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