Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 22

Expired and unused prescription medications should not be left sitting in your medicine cabinet or kitchen drawer. At Saturday’s Drug Take Back Day, those old and unwanted medications can be safely disposed of so they don’t fall into the wrong hands or pollute the water supply.

Anybody wishing to safely dispose of prescription or non-prescription medications may bring those items to Union Hospital in Dover Saturday, Oct. 22, between 10 am and 2 pm. Pull in to the South Entrance just off the Boulevard

A Deputy from the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's office will be at the hospital to accept the medications for proper disposal. The Drug Take Back Day program is completely anonymous and no name or ID will be requested.

Medication containers should be placed in a transparent plastic bag. Those in their original prescription bottles may have the patient’s name on the label blacked out if desired. The Sheriff’s Department will not accept for disposal any needles, liquids or any peroxide-based medications at this event.

Drug Take Back Day can help keep potentially dangerous medications out of the hands of children and reduce drug abuse and theft of drugs from homes. Disposal of unwanted medications in this manner also will protect the environment by keeping powerful drugs out of the sewer systems and groundwater.

Drug Take Back Day is a cooperative effort involving the Tusc. Co. Sheriff’s Department, the UH Employee Recycling Committee, Trinity Twin City Hospital, the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Recycling District, the Anti-Drug Coalition of Tusc. Co. and the Tusc. Co. Opiate Task Force.

In addition to the Drug Take Back Day events on October 22, outdated and unwanted medications may be taken any time of the day or night to the lobby of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office at 2295 Reiser Ave. SE in New Philadelphia. For more information, call (330) 339-2000.

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