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Medication Take Back Day is Saturday

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The Mary Rutan Foundation announces a Medication Take Back Day is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to prevent pill abuse and theft of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Drop off locations include Mary Rutan Hospital, 205 Palmer Ave., under the canopy; Indian Joint Fire District, 320 S. Orchard Island Road, Russells Point; the Belle Center Depot, and the West Liberty Police Department, 201 N. Detroit St.

Participants can turn in unused or expired medication free of charge and with no questions asked at the drive-thru event. Medical sharps also will be accepted.

The community event with the Drug Enforcement Administration is made possible with the support of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Bellefontaine Police Department, Russells Point Police Department, West Liberty Police Department and the Logan County Drug Free Youth Coalition.

Last April, similar events offered around the country netted about 552,000 ponds of prescription drugs at thousands of different sites. In Logan County, the April event collected a total of 134.2 pounds of medication.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversions, misuse and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including home medicine cabinets.

Residents are also advised that the usual methods for disposing of unused medication — flushing pills in the toilet or throwing them in the trash — pose both potential safety and health hazards.

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