July 24, 2016

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Medication dump program is successful so far

More than 1,000 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications have been dropped off since November when 10 drug-collection boxes were installed at law enforcement agencies in the county, said Brian Nowak, director of the Medina County Drug Abuse Commission.

J. Tadd Davis, Medina County Drug Task Force agent, said the boxes at the Wadsworth Police Department and the Medina County Sheriff’s Office collect the most medications.

The collection boxes are part of the task force’s Disposing of Unused Medication Properly or DUMP program, which aims to provide an easy, safe way to dispose of medications.

The drug abuse commission decided in June to set aside funding from the county’s anti-drug levy for the DUMP program. The levy is the main funding source for the task force.

Davis picks up the collection boxes about once a month and said law enforcement workers are astonished at the traffic the boxes generate.

“It’s just one of those things that sometimes they’ll call and they’ll go, ‘I don’t what happened, but it filled up quick,’ ” Davis said. “It’s been a real positive thing.”

Residents should remove or mark through the labels on bottles and put liquid medications in sealed plastic bags. Collected medications are incinerated under supervised conditions.

The program relies on fliers, posters and word of mouth to make it known there is a place to dispose of medications, Davis said.

“It’s kind of like one of my pet projects. You give me a few minutes and I’m trying to plug that thing,” Davis said of the program. “That’s what makes us proud at the drug task force — to say we, along with our local law enforcement and MCDAC, have given you a mechanism of disposing this in a safe manner.”

Contact Michelle Sprehe at (330) 721-4048 or msprehe@medina-gazette.com.