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On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the City of Canal Winchester and the Diley Ridge Medical Center, in cooperation with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will give the public its 13th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Diley Ridge Medical Center parking lot at 7911 Diley Rd. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills.) The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Canal Winchester’s Take-Back event offers participants a drive-thru setting to drop any unwanted prescription drugs and continue on their way.
“We’re doing our part to fight the crisis of addiction seen throughout the country. We also want to encourage everyone to dispose of their unused prescriptions responsibly, not only keeping them out of the wrong hands, but keeping them out of water systems, too. We’re hopeful that folks will continue to take advantage of this opportunity to easily dispose of their expired and unwanted medications,” said Mayor Michael Ebert. “We’d like to thank our partners and volunteers who help make these events possible, and to thank Diley Ridge Medical Center for allowing us to use their property.”
The Drug Enforcement Administration reports that Prescription Drug Take-Back initiatives address 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 U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
DEA launched its prescription drug take back program when both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration advised the public that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-posed potential safety and health hazards.
Helping people to dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs is just one way DEA is working to reduce the addiction and overdose deaths plaguing this country due to opioid medications.
In addition to the success of the take-back initiative, new regulations in effect over the last several years have made the disposal of controlled prescription drugs easier for patients and their caregivers as many law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, hospitals and clinics have begun continuous collection of unused medications. To visit a collection site between Take Back Days, visit www.rxdrugdropbox.org.
For a list of additional collection sites in neighboring communities, visit www.swaco.org.