Buckeye Hills is joining with the Washington County Sheriff, Memorial Health System, The Right Path for Washington County, RSVP, and the Drug Enforcement Administration to host a medication disposal day on Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Washington County collection sites include:
Belpre Senior Center, Belpre
Corner of Second and Putnam Streets
Marietta White Oak Pharmacy, Barlow
Fort Frye High School, Beverly
Buckeye Hills Regional Council, Reno
Devola Medical Center Parking Lot, Devola
Hardwood Components Inc., New Matamoras
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential environmental safety and health hazards.
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds—approximately 5,900 tons—of pills.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 740-376-7070, extension 0.