The Toledo Police Department provides 24-hour unwanted prescription medication drop-off sites for all solid drugs and pills and participates in biannual Prescription Drug Take Back Days, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.
Prescription and over-the-counter medications are a type of contaminant of emerging concern (CEC) that is known to impact source water. Designated drop-off locations and events for unused medications provide residents with a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. Narcotics, over-the-counter medications, pet medications, prescription pills, and vitamins from the general-public can be dropped off 24-hours a day at the following locations:
- Safety Building, 525 North Erie Street
- Scott Park District Station, 2301 Nebraska Avenue
- Northwest District Station, 2330 West Sylvania Avenue
- University of Toledo Medical Center Emergency Room, 3065 Arlington Avenue
- University of Toledo police station, 1515 South Towerview Boulevard
- Lucas County Coroner's Office, 2595 Arlington Avenue
Since 2014, the Toledo Police Department has collected a total of 11,070 pounds of unwanted/unused medication. In addition, the Toledo Police Department reported that more than 800 pounds of prescription pills were collected across nine drop-off locations during the May 2018 Take Back Day event. The program is funded through the Toledo Police Department annual budget, which covers the one-time cost associated with purchasing the disposal boxes. The collected medications are incinerated through normal narcotic disposal processes; therefore, there is no additional cost to the city.
The city’s medicine takeback program and biannual events drive progress towards the Source Water Initiative’s fourth goal of mitigating impacts to source water from CECs.