Drug take-back day is today

Cary Ashby • Oct 26, 2013 at 5:07 AM

A Huron County hospital and two police departments are participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is today - Saturday, Oct. 26.

"One in five local youth may be abusing prescription drugs. According to the 2011 community health assessment, 21 percent of Huron County youth used medications that were not prescribed for them or took more than prescribed to feel good or get high. Unused prescriptions drugs that are still in your medicine cabinet are contributors to this trend," said Carrie Himmelman, health education coordinator for Huron County Public Health.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was created to help combat this problem.

"On drug take-back day, you can drop off unused drugs to local law enforcement agencies, hospitals and participating organizations. The drugs will be disposed of properly, drop-offs are anonymous and no questions are asked. If you have elderly parents who are taking medications, consider helping them clean out their medicine cabinet also," Himmelman said.

The Huron County health department urges residents to take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of your unused medications at the following locations:

n Mercy Willard Hospital is hosting a drive-thru event in its parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. You will be able to drive through and drop off your medications through your car window.

n The Norwalk Police Department accepts unused drugs in a drop-box inside the police station every day.

n New London Police Department accepts drugs that are handed over the counter every day.

If you are unable to drop off your unused medications at a drop-off site, you can dispose of them by following these steps:

1) Take the unused medication out of its original container and mix it with coffee grounds, cat litter, saw dust or garbage.

2) Place the mixture in a disposable container such as a sealable plastic bag.

3) Place the sealed container in the trash.

4) Remove all personal information from the empty medicine bottle and dispose of the bottle.

For more information, call Carrie Himmelman at (419) 668-1652 ext. 234.

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