Safe Medicine Disposal

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, in cooperation with Operation Medicine Cabinet and other collection programs, protect our children, our water and our food supplies, and decrease prescription drug abuse by making it easier for you to dispose of unused or expired medications. This is completely confidential. No personal information is collected. Please remove all prescription labels before arriving at disposal locations.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Washington, D.C. — The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and more than 4,200 national, tribal, and community law enforcement partners will hold another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Drug Take Back-April 2018. Americans can take their pills (no liquids or needles) to one of over 5,600 collection sites across the country between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Operation Medicine Cabinet

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, in cooperation with Operation Medicine Cabinet and other collection programs, protect our children, our water and our food supplies, and decrease prescription drug abuse by making it easier for you to dispose of unused or expired medications. This is completely confidential. No personal information is collected. Please remove all prescription labels before arriving at disposal locations.

Here are the Richland Take Back collection sites

  • Bellville Police Department, 320 Bell Street, Bellville, Ohio
  • Mansfield Police Department: Drop-off at Richland County Solid Waste Authority, 1125 National Parkway, Mansfield
  • Richland County Sheriff’s Office, 597 Park Ave. East, Mansfield
  • Shelby Police Department, 31 Mack Avenue, Shelby

Here’s what you CAN bring

  • Prescription pills of any kind
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Medication samples
  • Pet medications
  • Vitamins

Here’s what you CANNOT bring

  • Needles, syringes, lancets
  • Thermometers, Aerosol cans
  • IV bags, Hydrogen peroxide
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Empty containers
  • Personal Products (non-medicated shampoo, etc.)

Safe disposal options for needles and syringes

Household generated “sharps” include hypodermic needles, syringes, and lancets. They are typically used in the home for insulin injection or for administering medications to treat other chronic diseases such as allergies, arthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis B, and HIV.

Managing and disposing of household generated sharps safely reduces pollution to the environment and prevents injury and disease transmission from needle-sticks.

Safe Disposal of Unused Medicines

Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired drugs or medications you no longer use? How should you dispose of them?

Most drugs can be thrown in the household trash, but consumers should take certain precautions before tossing them out, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A few drugs should be flushed down the toilet. And a growing number of community-based “take-back” programs offer another safe disposal alternative.

Ohio EPA on Sharps Disposal

Never leave needles or syringes on streets, in parks, or anywhere else where they could injure someone.

In Richland County


The Mansfield Police Department has a permanent dropbox for medications. It is located on the first floor of the main entrance to the Police Department in the hallway to the right. No needles or fluids are allowed for disposal at this location.

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