The Drug Enforcement Agency is hosting the annual Medication Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 27. Holding a local take-back day in conjunction with the DEA’s reduces the cost and manpower involved in the destruction of the medications collected. So, in an effort to create a healthier community and minimize costs, Community C.O.R.E. will again be partnering with the Bellefontaine Police Department and the Mary Rutan Foundation to host the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mary Rutan Hospital, 205 E. Palmer Road, Bellefontaine. This drive-thru event will occur under the canopy of the hospital. During the event hours, residents can dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted prescription medications. Sharps will be accepted and are requested to place in sealed container such as a coffee jar or butter bowl to prevent accidental punctures of the volunteers. No liquids or inhalers will be accepted.
There has been a significant decrease in disposal rates at medication take-back events the past two years, partially because of the permanent drop boxes and partially because of better monitoring of opiates being prescribed in the community. Still, there are many unused prescription medications on kitchen counters, in medicine cabinets, and in other accessible locations in homes. Event sponsors ask that residents use the Oct. 27 opportunity to dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted medications.
If interested in learning more about Community C.O.R. E. (Coalition For Opiate Relief Efforts), visit www.logancountycore.com
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Submitted by the Logan County Health District.