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Columbus Public Health to Collect Unused and Unwanted Medication at Drug Drop-Off Event

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April 29, 2022

Columbus Public Health to Collect Unused and Unwanted Medication at Drug Drop-Off Event

First 200 Cars to Participate at Columbus Public Health eligible for Two Free COVID-19 Test Kits

To help protect the health and safety of the community, Columbus Public Health will hold a drug drop off event tomorrow, April 30. The drive thru drop off event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave., as part of National Drug Take Back Day.

The first 200 vehicles to participate in Columbus Public Health’s drive thru drop off also can receive two free COVID-19 home test kits. (Each car is limited to two test kits only.)

Columbus Public Health will accept unwanted, unneeded or expired prescriptions, needles/sharps and over-the-counter pills, patches, vitamins and pet medications. (To protect volunteers, please make sure syringes are secured in a puncture resistant container.) Liquids of any kind, gel caps, aerosol cans, thermometers and inhalers will not be accepted. 

People dropping off medicine do not need to get out of their cars. They can just drive through the loop, hand it out, and drive away. 

It is important to properly discard medicines that are no longer used or wanted. Drugs can be abused in the home and flushing them poses the threat of chemicals entering lakes, rivers, streams and drinking water. 

Columbus Public Health is one of more than 20 drop off sites in Franklin County taking part in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Drug Take-Back Day. To find a collection site, visit

Permanent medicine collection sites also are available year round. Visit the website to find a drop off location near you.