With an increase of prescription drug abuse in Ohio, Dublin Police are giving residents a chance to get rid of unneeded drugs.

With an increase of prescription drug abuse in Ohio, Dublin Police are giving residents a chance to get rid of unneeded drugs.

A prescription medication drop-off box will be installed in the lobby of the Justice Center at 6565 Commerce Parkway.

The drop-off box is the result of a partnership between Dublin police and the student group Dublin A.C.T. Coalition, and is funded from a grant from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators.

The box will offer community members the opportunity to drop off unused or expired prescription pills and patches, medication samples and pet medications. Medications must be in a container.

Needles, lancets, syringes, inhalers and liquids will not be accepted.

Dublin City Council members applauded the move last week.

"It's important to get it out of your house and somewhere that can take care of them," Councilwoman Amy Salay said, adding the medications can be harmful to water treatment if they are disposed of by flushing them down the toilet or sink.

"It's a great idea," Tim Lecklider said. "I've read about this occurring in other places and I'm very glad Dublin is doing this."

Dublin police said they plan to introduce the new service to the community at an event slated for May 1. Details are still being worked out, said Lindsay Weisenauer, Dublin senior public information officer.

Coffman Park work

In other Dublin news, council members last week awarded a $1.47 million contract to Jess Construction for work in Coffman Park.

"This phase of work consists of the construction of two parking lots, a restroom facility, storm water improvements, landscaping and grading," a staff memo to council stated.

The improvements will be made as part of the Coffman Park expansion project, bringing parking to the southwest area of the park off Post Road.

The grading work, the memo said, will make way for the next phase of construction which will include five tennis courts, two basketball courts, court lighting and a new skate park.

The contract also included the demolition of the current skate park.

Construction for the new skate park is expected to begin in August and wrap up around the end of September, the memo said.

The skate park will cost $650,000 and the "design is highly reflective of the input gained from the users during two input sessions and online feedback," the memo stated.

Closed-doors meeting

Council members also unanimously voted to go into a closed-doors "executive session" for 30 minutes at the April 13 meeting to discuss the purchase of property, discuss pending court action and personnel matters related to the appointment of a public official or employee.