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Five Dayton Sites Selected for Drug Drop-off Day

State officials have enacted new regulations to curb what they say is overprescribing of opioid painkiller medications to patients who may not really need them

This Saturday, Dayton area residents can drop off old prescription drugs and other unwanted medicines.

As part of the 10th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the city and Dayton Police Department will designate five drop-off sites in and around Dayton from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

National event organizers say over the last nine years more than four million pounds of drugs were collected and disposed of—drugs they could have been misused or ended up in the wrong hands.

Authorities continue to battle the still-climbing number of cases of prescription drug abuse, opiate addiction and accidental poisonings and overdoses.

In a released statement, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said, "We are in the midst of an epidemic here and across Ohio when it comes to drug overdoses and drug overdose deaths. Many times opiate addiction can begin with medication being over-prescribed or diverted from legitimate use. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back offers a way to not only safely dispose of unused drugs, but also potentially prevent an accidental or intentional overdose of a family member of friend." 

The Saturday drop-off sites are:

- Dayton Police Headquarters - 335 W. Third St.

- Central Patrol Headquarters - 248 Salem Ave.

- East Patrol North Headquarters - 417 E. Helena St.

- East Patrol South Headquarters - 2721 Wayne Ave.

- West Patrol Headquarters - 951 Washington St.

Collection sites in other area communities can be found at www.dea.gov.