RxCollect: Licking County’s Safe Medication Disposal Program
Since 2011, the LCPP has managed a safe medication disposal program in Licking County collecting more than 30,000 pounds of medication. Through the seven (7) permanent disposal bins across the county, residents can safely and anonymously dispose of any unused, unwanted, and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. Licking County residents can anonymously drop off medications at any of the seven drop off locations during regular business hours or during the multiple drug take back days hosted throughout the year.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has declared prescription drugs like OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin as the “new drug of choice.” Removing these narcotics from the medicine cabinets and properly disposing of them will help to reduce the potential of misuse, abuse and addiction. In addition, large quantities of prescription and non-prescription medications are also being found in our rivers, streams, and ground water. These drugs are considered to be “emerging contaminants of concern” by the EPA. Existing water treatment plants are not designed to remove these contaminants. Licking County residents can reduce the amount of these contaminants in our environment by utilizing the RxCollect program (bins and take back days) instead of flushing medications down the toilet.
How to Safely Dispose of Medications
Residents should place all medications in a clear Ziploc bag and take it to the nearest drop off location. At some locations, individuals will hand the unwanted medications to an attendant. No questions will be asked and confidentiality will remain a priority.
Permanent Drop off Bin Locations
- Licking County Sheriff’s Office; 155 E. Main St., Newark click
- Newark Police Department; 39 S. 4th St., Newark
- Pataskala Police Department; 430 S. Main St., Pataskala
- Johnstown Police Department; 599 S. Main St., Johnstown
- Hebron Police Department; 934 W. Main St., Hebron
- Granville Police Department; 141 E. Broadway, Granville
- Heath Police Department; 1287 Hebron Rd. Heath
Drug Take Back Day
In partnership with local law enforcement, the LCPP coordinates Take Back Day events multiple times a year. Residents from across the county can dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications as well as other medical equipment, products and items. Drop off sites vary with each event, so check back regularly for up-to-date information.
Items ACCEPTED for Disposal in the Bins
- Unused or expired prescription drugs
- Over-the-Counter medications
- Pet medications
- Vitamins and supplements
- Ointments, creams, lotions
- Liquid medications such as cough syrup
Items NOT ACCEPTED for Disposal in the Bins
- Needles, syringes, lancets or other sharps
- IV Bags
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Bloody or infectious waste
The RxCollect program would not be possible without the support and dedication of our valuable partners. We cannot thank them enough for their time, talent and dedication to helping us reach our goals.
- Granville Police Department
- Heath Police Department
- Hebron Police Department
- Johnstown Police Department
- Licking County Sheriff’s Office
- Licking Memorial Health System
- Mental Health & Recovery for Licking & Knox Counties
- Newark Police Department
- Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services
- Pataskala Police Department
- Pathways of Central Ohio
- United Way of Licking County
RxCollect is a program of the Licking County Prevention Partnership; a community coalition supported by Pathways of Central Ohio and funded in part by Mental Health and Recovery for Licking & Knox Counties, United Way of Licking County and Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services.