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Public encouraged to dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs during Take Back Day

Posted at 2:05 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-26 09:12:20-04

CLEVELAND — On Oct. 26., the public will have the opportunity to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs at locations across Northeast Ohio as part of Take Back Day, in partnership with the DEA and local law enforcement agencies.

Last fall, 456 tons, equal to 912,000 pounds of prescription drugs, were collected at more than 5,300 sites across the country.

“Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue. Far too many times we see a friend or family member’s medicine cabinet unknowingly becomes the source of accidental poisoning, an overdose, or abuse,” said DEA Detroit Field Division Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin in a news release. His office oversees DEA efforts in Michigan, Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

A study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that year after year, the majority of misused and abused drugs are obtained from family and friends.

Find disposal locations in your area here.