State and local officials are teaming up for National Drug Take Back Day this Saturday.
The Drug Enforcement Administration reports more than 2 million pounds of prescription drugs were dropped off at the last five take back events at collection sites across the nation.
Several collection sites will be available throughout the area including in Akron at the METRO Regional Transit Authority Center on South Broadway Street.
Also on the list, Bath, Copley and Springfield Township police departments.
(Press Release) On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Summit County Community Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to METRO Regional Transit Authority Center-Visitor’s Parking Lot at 631 South Broadway St., Akron, OH 44311. The service is free and anonymous.
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills. The METRO Regional Transit Authority Center site in downtown Akron collected 102 pounds of pills which ranked 17th out of the 88 sites in Northeast Ohio. Collections from all 88 sites were taken by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to a central location where they were disposed of in an environmentally safe way.
This initiative addresses 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 home medicine cabinets. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement, agencies like Summit County Community Partnership and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.
For more information, please call (330) 374-0947 or (330) 322-5007.