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Valley law enforcement taking part in Drug Take Back Day

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In an ongoing effort to combat the opioid epidemic, and take potentially harmful and addictive drugs off the streets, law enforcement agencies across the Valley will be taking part in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday. 

Drug Take-Back Day is a bi-annual event, spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA partners with thousands of police departments to prevent pill abuse and theft by allowing people to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Here in the Valley, several local police departments will take part in the effort- becoming drop-off spots for the unwanted and unused prescriptions. 

Senator Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman are behind the National Drug Take Back day on Saturday.

Senator Brown remembers a woman in Warren describing how her son started misusing pain medication when he was about 14.

"He got in her medicine cabinet, she had had some pain medication because of an injury she had had and had not used it anymore, but it was still in her cabinet. He got it and started taking these pills and he's been in and out of addiction treatment for 10 years. Those stories are not as unusual as you might think," said Senator Brown.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Below is a list of designated take-back locations scheduled to participate on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.:

MAHONING COUNTY:

Austintown Police Department
Outdoor Drive-Thru
92 Ohltown Road
Austintown, OH 44515

Beaver Police Department -Front Lobby
601 West South Range Road
North Lima, OH 44452

Boardman Police Department
8299 Market Street
Boardman, OH 44512

Canfield Police Department
104 Lisbon Street
Canfield, OH 44406

Milton Township Police Department
15992 Milton Avenue
Lake Milton, OH 44429

New Middletown Police Department 
Municipal Building
10711 Main Street
New Middletown, OH 44442

Springfield Township Police Department
3475 E. South Range Road
New Springfield, OH 44443

YSU Police Department
266 W. Wood Street
Youngstown, OH 44555
 

TRUMBULL COUNTY: 

Cortland Police Department
400 N. High Street
Cortland, OH 44410

Bazetta Township Police Department
2671 McCleary Jacoby Rd
Cortland, OH 44410

Hubbard City POlice Department
233 School Street
Hubbard, OH 44425

Newton Falls Police Department
19 N. Canal Street
Newton Falls, OH 44444
 

As of Tuesday afternoon, no Columbiana County police agencies had registered to be drop-off sites. 

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