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Students Help DEA with Drug Take Back Day

by Nicole Hackett,, Student Public Relations Writer





Hand full of pills

Cedarville pharmacy students will be partnering with local police for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cedarville, Springfield, Fairborn and Xenia.

“Having pharmacy students will be a great addition this year, so we can properly educate and inform the citizens of Clark County on any questions they have,” explained Detective Brian Melchi of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that in 2015, more than 50% of misused medications were from a friend or relative. In response, the DEA has coordinated National Drug Take Back Days to offer the public ways to safely dispose of unwanted medications.

— Cindy Burban

"The purpose of our student involvement is to help educate the public about medication safety when dropping by the return sites. This includes handing out medication disposal flyers at Cedar Care Pharmacy,” said Cindy Burban, Cedarville’s school of pharmacy’s director of community engagement.

“Removing outdated medications from the home is one major initiative everyone can do to help protect children and teens,” continued Burban. “By properly disposing of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications, we are also protecting our communities from ground soil or water supply contamination. The public may safely dispose of pills, creams, powders, and liquid medications at the various drop off locations.”

To find a collection site near you, visit the Drug Take Back Day website here

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,380 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its Doctor of Pharmacy program, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit

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