“Don’t Be The Dealer” is the theme for a national drug take-back event scheduled this Saturday (April 28) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two area locations, including Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital.
Expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications should not be left sitting in your medicine cabinet or kitchen drawer.
Drug Take Back Day provides a safe and confidential method to dispose of those old and unwanted medications 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 the South Entrance of Union Hospital just off the Boulevard between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday (April 28).
A deputy from the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Department 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.
Another drop-off location on Saturday is Trinity Hospital Twin City at Dennison.
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 locally involving the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Department, the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Recycling District, the Anti-Drug Coalition of Tuscarawas County, Tuscarawas County Opiate Task Force, Ohio Highway Patrol and the two hospital.
In addition to the “Drug Take Back Day” event on April 28, outdated and unwanted medications may be taken any time of the day or night to the lobby of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Department at 2295 Reiser Ave. SE in New Philadelphia, and at other area police departments. For more information, visit www.timetorecycle.org or call (800) 678-9839.
Information about Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).