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LIST: Cuyahoga County releases locations where residents can dispose of unwanted, unused prescription medications

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Posted at 9:11 AM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 09:11:12-04

CLEVELAND — Residents looking to dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired prescription medication can do so at one of many Rx drop box locations throughout Cuyahoga County on Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day/

There will be over 60 Rx drop boxes at law enforcement agencies around the county. Find a list of locations here.

Guidelines for dropping off your unwanted prescriptions:

  • All medications can be dropped off, except for liquids, needles, or illicit drugs.
  • Vaping devices and cartridges can also be dropped off.
  • Devices containing lithium-ion batteries will not be accepted.
  • If batteries can’t be taken out, the Drug Enforcement Administration encourages individuals to contact stores that recycle batteries.

In 2019, 14,213 pounds of unused or expired drugs were brought to the drop boxes.

“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that you no longer need and still keep in your home cabinet are highly susceptible to being stolen, misused and abused. Removing these potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted medications from your household prevents misuse where it often starts,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish in a news release. “If you’re unable to participate on October 24th, you can still drop off your unused medications for disposal on another date, as our Rx Drug Drop Boxes are available year-round.”