Detecting the presence of unknown dangers in our communities and homes can be difficult. Increasing awareness about the widespread misuse and abuse of prescription drugs has led to the institution of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held September 26, 2015. On that day, local law enforcement from across the country will coordinate drop-off sites where they will accept unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.

Lingering prescription drugs have resulted in an alarming number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Leftover prescriptions are also believed to have contributed to the high rate of prescription drug abuse nationwide. Neglected medicines in the home are susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse, and often land in the hands of family members or friends. A recent survey by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy determined that 4 out of 10 teenagers who have misused or abused a prescription drug got it from their parents’ medicine cabinet. Proper disposal of unwanted prescriptions is important, and the safest option is to participate in Drug Take-Back Day.

Prescriptions may be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the following locations in Stark County:

Alliance Police Department – 470 E. Market St., Alliance, OH 44601
Mercy Medical Center – 1320 Mercy Dr., Canton, OH 44708
Aultman Hospital – 2600 Sixth St. SW, Canton, OH 44710
Jackson Township Police Department – 7383 Fulton Dr. NW, Massillon, OH 44646
North Canton Police Department – 145 N. Main St., North Canton, OH 44720
Waynesburg Village Hall – 141 E. Lisbon St., Waynesburg, OH 44688

Ensuring the health and well-being of our families remains an important aspect of daily life. I encourage families across Stark County to free their homes of unneeded prescription drugs by safely disposing of them at any of the above locations. Additionally, more information and locations can be found at

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns about the matters we are discussing at the Statehouse. I can be reached by phone at (614) 466-6026, by e-mail at, or by writing State Senator Scott Oelslager, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215.

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