The Troy Fire Department will offer medication disposal pouches to residents the week of October 18, 2021, as part of the National Drug Take-back. Deterra pouches will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at all three Troy Fire stations during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residents can pick up a bag or bags to take home to destroy pills, patches, and liquids such cough medicine. To dispose of medication, mix tap water and medication in the pouch, and a compound inside the bag breaks down the medication. Once sealed, the bags can be discarded in the regular trash.
While the Fire Department cannot accept drugs for on-site disposal, the Troy Police Department offers a secure pill disposal box at 124 East Main Street, available year-round during business hours. The Miami County Sheriff’s Office, as well as several area pharmacies, also provide drug drop-off programs.
Safe disposal of unused prescription medication can help prevent misuse of prescription pills. Because the chemicals and hormones contained in some medications are difficult to treat in wastewater, flushing medications down toilets or drains is not recommended.
For more information, contact the Troy Fire Department at 937-335-5679 or the Troy Police Department at 937-339-7525.