Posted on: March 20, 2017

FREE DRUG TAKE-BACK EVENT: Join JPD on Saturday, April 29


The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating our residents about the potential for abuse. We invite you to stop by the Johnston Police Department, located at 6373 Merle Hay Road, on Saturday, April 29 from 10 am to 2 pm to drop off your old or unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back event addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

Excluded items that will NOT be accepted at this event:

  • Syringes or injectable needles
  • Illegal controlled substances
  • Inhalers or other compressed air cylinders