October 2, 2014

Medina
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Take-Back Day nets 350 lbs. of precription drugs

More than 350 pounds of prescription drugs were collected Saturday from three locations in Medina County during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Medina County law enforcement collected more than 300 pounds, or a total of 12 boxes, of prescription drugs Saturday from three locations during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

The Medina County Drug Task Force collected 231 pounds from a Medina Walgreens, 86 pounds at the Wadsworth Police Department and 35 pounds at Lodi Community Hospital, said agent J. Tadd Davis, pharmaceutical investigator.

“If you get rid of the stuff that’s sitting around in the cabinets, you’re reducing the opportunity for that stuff to get on the street,” Davis said.

Proper drug disposal also prevents the medications from ending up in the water supply, Davis said.

The county’s Drug Abuse Commission and Drug Task Force have 12 permanent drop-off locations at local police stations and Medina Hospital, so residents don’t have to wait until a Take-Back Day event to dispose of drugs.

Saturday was the sixth national Take-Back Day, which is held twice a year and is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Since the first event in 2010, participants have disposed of more than 2 million pounds of prescription medications nationwide, according to an October news release from the agency.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.