Safe Drug Disposal
The Bath Township Board of Trustees are pleased to offer the community an opportunity to safeguard young adults and protect the local environment by using the red CVS Drug Drop-Off Box. Free prescription drug bags are available next to the drop box in the lobby of the Police Department.
The red CVS Drug Drop-Off Box provides a safe method for the disposal of expired or unwanted prescription medicines. Improper disposal of medicines presents both a public safety and environmental hazard.
Prescription drug abuse by teens and young adults is a serious problem in the United States. As reported in the Partnership for a Drug Free America’s annual tracking study:
- 1 in 5 teens has abused a prescription pain medication
- 1 in 5 report abusing prescription stimulants and tranquilizers
- 1 in 10 has abused cough medication
The environment is also being damaged by unused medicines. Medicines thrown into the trash can leach into the ground; flushed drugs can kill bacteria that break down waste in sewage plants, damage septic systems, and contaminate nearby waterways and harm aquatic wildlife. A 2008 Associated Press investigation found pharmaceuticals in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans. Drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas.
Safe Drug Disposal Box
Inside the Police Department Lobby
3864 West Bath Road
Akron, Ohio 44333
Instructions to dispose of medication:
- Please keep the medication in the original container.
- Mark out your name and address.
- Secure the container.
- Deposit it into the red CVS Drug Drop-Off Box.
The Bath Police Department will ensure these unwanted drugs are incinerated as part of the ecological and safe disposal protocol.