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How to Safely Dispose While Staying Safe at Home

The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative often shares information about the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event is a twice-annual effort to encourage people all over the country to take a simple and easy step to help combat the opioid crisis – cleaning out home medicine cabinets.

Ordinarily, Take Back Day means local businesses, pharmacies, and law enforcement offices open their doors to receive unused, unwanted, or expired medications, ridding thousands of homes of potentially dangerous medications. This year, as a precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, official Take Back Day events have been cancelled.

RALI Ohio and our community partners are continuing to work together to help Ohioans properly dispose of their leftover medications. May 10th marks the beginning of National Prevention Week, and our friends at the Summit County Community Partnership are providing free safe disposal pouches to encourage people to add medicine cabinets to their spring cleaning lists.

You can pick up a free safe disposal pouch from any of the following locations:

· Acme Fresh Market Pharmacy

· Discount Drug Mart (Summit County locations only)

· Colonial Pharmacy

· Green Compounding Pharmacy

· Klein’s Pharmacies

· Sand Run Pharmacy

The disposal pouches will deactivate your unwanted medications, rendering them safe to dispose of in your household trash can. Just place your medications inside, fill with some warm water, seal the pouch and give it a light shake. In a few minutes, you can make an impact on the opioid crisis in our state without leaving your home. For more information about the safe use, storage, and disposal of medications, visit the “Safe Use & Disposal” tab of this website.

To learn more about the Summit County Community Partnership, visit We’re proud to partner with organizations that have continued to provide resources to Ohioans despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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