DOVER -- Outdated, unused, and unneeded medications can be safely disposed of on Saturday, April 27 at Union Hospital, Dover.

As the local host of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the hospital in Dover is partnering with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Department to provide a safe, easy, and anonymous way to dispose of old medications.

Anybody wishing to safely dispose of prescription or non-prescription medications should drive to the hospital's South Entrance just off the Boulevard between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Deputies from the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's office will be there to accept the medications for proper disposal.

This Drug Take Back Day program is completely anonymous and no name or ID will be requested. Bring medications in any container, baggie or box. Medications in their original prescription bottles will have the patient's name on the label and that information can be blacked out if desired.

The sheriff's department prohibits the disposal of needles, liquids, or any peroxide based medications at this event.

In addition to keeping potentially dangerous medications out of the hands of children, the proper disposal of medications is a great environmental concern. According to a study by the Research and Educational Foundation of the Ohio Hospital Association, simply flushing untaken prescription medications into the sewer system allows these drugs to enter the groundwater. The medications can affect fish and other wildlife. Antibiotics may survive in the environment and create drug resistance in bacteria and threaten human health.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is an environmentally friendly approach to disposing of unwanted and unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications. Drugs collected at this event will be disposed of in the appropriate manner which is incineration.