September 13, 2010 - Medication Take Back Day
Due to Washington County’s high number of prescription drug related crimes, The Washington County Sheriff’s Department in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration and with the following partners: Marietta Memorial Hospital, Ohio Hospital Association, RSVP and the Area Agency on Aging’s Council on Aging, will be holding a medication take back day on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at various locations throughout the community.
Collection sites will be located at the Belpre Senior Center, John Dodge Senior Center in Beverly, Carrol Senior Center in New Matamoras and on the corner of second and Putnam Street in Marietta.
According to a 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), there are currently 6.2 million non-medical users of psychotherapeutic drugs in the United States. Due to this statistic, any expired, unused or unwanted medications in people’s home have the potential to be a health and safety risk to not only them but the public as well. “Several cases of home invasions in our area showed that only the homeowners’ medicine cabinets were noted to have had items stolen,” says Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks. “The more unwanted and unused medications we can collect and get out of homes, the safer the community will be,” states Mincks.
This event is free, anonymous and open to the public. For more information on the event contact the Washington County Sheriff’s office at (740) 376-7070.
The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region. We are comprised of a network of two hospitals, outpatient service sites, assisted and long-term care facilities and a retirement community. We work in innovative ways to meet the healthcare challenges of today, while preparing for the health needs of our communities in the future.