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Powell helps residents clean out their medicine cabinets

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The city of Powell will offer residents a safe way to dispose of their unneeded prescription drugs next week.

The Powell Police Department will take part in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's eighth annual National Drug Take-Back Day. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at the department, 47 Hall St.

The event will be conducted inside the police department lobby, adjacent to City Hall.

Residents can bring to the station any unused or expired pills that have been removed from their bottles and placed in a plastic bag. The department will not accept any empty pill bottles, liquid medications or syringes, in compliance with DEA regulations.

City spokeswoman Megan Canavan said residents looking to tidy up around their homes shouldn't neglect the medicine cabinet.

"This is the perfect time (for the event) because people are spring-cleaning," she said.

Canavan said the department conducts two drug take-back days annually: one in April and one in October. At last year's events, the police department collected more than 93 pounds of unwanted medication.

Canavan said the city participates in the take-back days instead of keeping a permanent medication disposal box on the department's premises.

"Unfortunately, we don't have someone 24/7 that can supervise a box in the lobby," she said. "We feel it's better to do this twice a year."

Permanent medication disposal boxes are available at the Delaware County jail, the Delaware Police Department and the Genoa Township Police Department.

Law enforcement officials said the disposal of unwanted and unneeded prescription drugs can reduce drug-related crimes and medical emergencies.

"Old prescriptions left in medicine cabinets or elsewhere in the home can often be an easy source for those who would like to abuse prescription medications or cause confusion for people who are already taking a large number of medications," Powell Police Chief Gary Vest said in a press release.

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