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April 19, 2011 - Medication Take Back Day – Saturday, April 30


Fast Facts:
- Medication Take Back Day is Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at various community collection sites. This event is free, anonymous and open to the public.
- Any expired, unused or unwanted medications in individual’s homes have the potential to be a health and safety risk to not only them, but to the public as well.
- The misuse of prescription drugs is the U.S.’s second most prevalent drug problem

Medication Take Back Day – Saturday, April 30
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration and with the following partners: Marietta Memorial Hospital, The Right Path for Washington County, RSVP and the Council on Aging, will be holding a Medication Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at various locations throughout the community.

Collection sites will be located at the Belpre Senior Center in Belpre, Fort Frye High School in Beverly, Newport Volunteer Fire Department in Newport, Buckeye Hills/Area Agency in Reno and on the corner of Second and Putnam Streets in Marietta. Any expired, unused or unwanted medications in individual’s homes have the potential to be a health and safety risk to not only them but the public as well.

“The more unwanted and unused medications we can collect and get out of homes, the safer the community will be,” says Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks. Washington County’s first Medication Take Back Day was held last September and 162 pounds of pills from over 200 people were collected at the various collection sites. This year, an additional drop-off location has been added to offer the community five convenient locations to rid of unwanted medications.

The event is free, anonymous and open to the public. For more information on Medication Take Back Day contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 376-7070, extension 0.

Why Should You Dispose of Expired, Unused or Unwanted Medications?
The issue of prescription medication abuse and misuse is a growing problem and the best way to stop it is prevention. Here are some statistics to consider:
• 96 percent of all unintentional poisoning deaths were to drugs/medications.
• Every day 2,500 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high for the first time.
• In Ohio, more people die from unintentional medication poisoning than from motor vehicle crashes.
• The misuse of prescription drugs is second only to marijuana as the U.S.'s most prevalent drug problem.
• More than 7 million Americans who abuse prescription drugs get them from family, friends and their medicine cabinet.
• Children and pets can be poisoned if they find and swallow drugs.
• Flushing medications down the toilet or sink can contaminate our soil and drinking water.

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