Drug Take Back Program

DID YOU KNOW?  Law Enforcement, Public Health, and Environmental Professionals stand united in support of DRUG TAKE BACK PROGRAMS.  Protect our kids, families, and environment by properly disposing of your unwanted and expired medicines.

"This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that linger expired or unused in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse”, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said in a news release.

Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning.  Flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting our waters. 

The importance is underscored when you think about the epidemic this country is facing with opioid medications. Many people who misuse medications, such as opioids, get their first dose by using medications prescribed to family member or friend, or take them from the home medicine cabinet, often without their knowledge.

Have you ever wondered how to get rid of an unfinished bottle of prescription or over the counter drugs?

Don't throw it in the trash or flush it down the toilet, advises the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Those methods of dumping your medicine can actually be a safety hazard, the DEA says.

Instead, you can take your expired, unused and unwanted medications for disposal 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to the AUGLAIZE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LOBBY located at 1051 Dearbaugh Ave. Wapakoneta, Ohio.  It is requested all pills be taken out of the bottles and placed in ziplock bags.  Liquid and cream medications kept in the container – placed in a ziplock bag.  NO NEEDLES OR EPI PENS.

TWO DATES REMAIN FOR DRUG TAKE BACK PROGRAM sponsored by Grand Lake Health Systems in collaboration with the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office:

June 4th 8:00-10:00am St. Marys Memorial High School (Midwest Electric Annual Mtg & Health Fair)

November 5th 8:00-11:00am Auglaize Mercer YMCA- South Branch, Minster (Community Health Fair)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

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