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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Safely Dispose of Unused Prescriptions at Cleveland Police Headquarters this Saturday for National Drug Take Back Day

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Counties all across Ohio are aiding in the effort to combat drug addiction by participating in National Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, Oct. 27. Police departments and Sheriff's offices will allow citizens to safely dispose of their unneeded or unwanted prescription medication, no questions asked.

According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs that year. The study concluded that a majority of the drugs abused were frequently acquired from home medicine cabinets.

The DEA hopes to prevent the start of drug addiction, enabling of current battles and risk of overdosing by allowing the safe disposal of these drugs.

The semi-annual event happened previously last April, with 4,683 law enforcement units participating across the country, with 5,842 total collection sites and 949,046 pounds (474.5 tons) of unused prescription drugs turned in.

Ohio alone contributed to 40,509 pounds of unused drugs, the sixth highest turn-in total in the country.

The Ohio opioid epidemic is still waging a war on the lives many citizens, but the drug take back initiative may assist in ending addiction problems before they begin. Opioid addiction has been proven to act as a risk factor to heroin abuse, and many addicts cite their initiation into non-medical opioids through medicine obtained from family, friends, or personal prescriptions.

Unused prescription drugs can be dropped off anytime from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at any of the Cleveland's five police district headquarters:
  • First District: 3895 West 130th Street
  • Second District: 3481 Fulton Road
  • Third District: 4501 Chester Avenue
  • Fourth District: 9333 Kinsman Road
  • Fifth District: 881 East 152nd Street

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