RICHLAND COUNTY -- The METRICH Enforcement Unit on Oct. 23 will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies for the annual Prescription Take Back.

The event is sponsored by the Mansfield Division of Police, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Bellville Police Department, Shelby Police Department, Richland County Solid Waste Authority, Richland Public Health, Community Action for Capable Youth (CACY) and the Richland County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board.

Pills will be the only form accepted -- no sharps, plastics or liquids. It will be helpful to put the pills that will be disposed into a plastic bag or Ziplock bag prior to coming to the collection site.

This is only for household unused or expired medications. No pharmacies, businesses, pharmaceutical sales reps, etc., will be accepted.

Richland County will have four locations for prescription drug drop off:

-- Richland County Solid Waste Authority facility at 1125 National Parkway in Mansfield.

-- Richland County Sheriff’s Office located at 597 Park Ave. East in Mansfield.

-- Bellville Police Department at 320 Bell St.

-- Shelby Police Department located at 31 Mack Ave.

Each location will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 pm on Oct. 23.

Below are the other METRICH region law enforcement agencies that will also be participating. If there are questions related to the take back event, please call Sgt. Steve Blust at 419-755-9728.

METRICH is a 10-county decentralized task force in north central Ohio whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the citizens by reducing the availability of illegal drugs and weapons through proactive enforcement efforts.

The success of METRICH is a tribute to the cooperation and support within the Law Enforcement Community in the METRICH region and to those citizens who have chosen to improve the quality of life in their communities by assisting METRICH in reporting suspicious activity and valuable information.

Citizens may report suspicious activity to the crime hot lines at 419-522-7463 and

Here are the Prescription Take Back Day locations in the METRICH area:

Bucyrus Police Department 500 S. Sandusky Ave. Bucyrus, Ohio 44820

Carey Police Department 127 N. Vance St. Carey, Ohio 43316

Danville Police Department 512 S. Market St. Danville, Ohio 43014

Fostoria Police Department 213 S. Main St. Fostoria, Ohio 44830

Fredericktown Police Department 182 S. Main St. Fredericktown, Ohio 43019

Galion Police Department 269 Portland Way South Galion, Ohio 44833 (Galion Hospital)

Mount Vernon Police Department 11660 Upper Gilchrist Rd. Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 (Knox County Health Department) and 1330 Coshocton Rd., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050(Conway’s Eastside Pharmacy)

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office 3040 S. St. Rte. 100 Tiffin, Ohio 44883 Tiffin Police Department 51 E. Market St. #4 Tiffin, Ohio 44883

Upper Sandusky Police Department 120 N. 7th St. Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351 Huron County Sheriff Department

Willard Police Department 631 S. Myrtle Ave. Willard, Ohio 44890

Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office 125 E. Wyandot Ave. Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351

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