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Drug Take Back Day Saturday

McMinnville Police Department and Warren County Sheriff’s Department will be providing residents a safe and anonymous way to rid their homes of unwanted prescription medications on this Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

For the first time, accepted will be vaping devices and cartridges.

The law enforcement agencies are drop-off locations for National Drug Take Back Day. Both will be accepting prescription medications for appropriate disposal.

“National Take Back Day is a great way to safely and responsibly dispose of any unused or expired prescription drugs,” said Sheriff’s Department Major Jason Walker. “The Sheriff’s Department front lobby will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. so you can drop off any old or unwanted prescriptions.” 

At the city department on Red Road, Det. Sgt. Todd Rowland will be stationed outside the precinct during those hours accepting donations.

Take Back Day is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. The DEA is tasked with combating drug trafficking and distribution within the United States. By urging law enforcement departments across the nation to participate, the agency aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That can have dangerous and often tragic consequences. Don’t become an accidental dealer by holding onto unwanted medications that could become stolen, lost or misused. 

For the first time, DEA will accept vaping devices and cartridges at any of its drop-off locations. Not accepted will be lithium ion batteries. Those must be removed. If batteries cannot be removed prior to drop off, DEA encourages individuals to consult with stores that recycle lithium ion batteries. 

“DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back initiative helps get unused and unwanted prescription medications out of circulation and ensures their safe disposal,” said Uttam Dhillon, DEA acting administrator. “This year, we are taking a step further by accepting vaping devices and cartridges as we work with our federal partners to combat this emerging public health threat to the nation’s youth.” 

Both departments also provide an alternative option for individuals who cannot make the four-hour window on Saturday: 

McMinnville Police Department has a medicine disposal container located inside its lobby. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for people who have medication – prescription and over-the-counter – they no longer want.

Warren County Sheriff’s Department accepts donations during its normal business hours, Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It accepts only prescription medication.

All medication donations are accepted anonymously. It is recommended the medication be in its original container, if possible. While the name and address can be marked out, do not cross out the name of the medication.