Mary Alice Reporting – Residents are invited to participate in a drop-off event that will get unused or expired prescriptions out of the home.

Law enforcement officials will be out on April 24th, from 10 am to 2 pm, taking the medications, at no cost, for proper disposal.

Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition Coordinator Jodi Salvo asks all participants to place any medication containers in a transparent plastic bag with any patient information blacked out if desired.

“Three locations, Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital, Trinity Twin City, or Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital Urgent and Outpatient Care Center, you literally just drive through. There will be a law enforcement officer or someone from the Anti-Drug Coalition will collect those medications. You don’t even get out of your car. Just drop them off.” 

Items not accepted include needles, liquids, or peroxide-based medications.

In October 2020, the local drug disposal event collected over 200 pounds of prescription medications.

“We secured 183 pounds of prescription medication at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital and 78 pounds of prescription medications at Trinity Twin City Hospital. It absolutely does make a difference and I just encourage community members to take advantage of it. It’s super easy.”

Salvo adds that, throughout the year, residents can also get rid of unwanted prescriptions at several permanent dropboxes, as they are located and available 24/7 at the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office and the New Philadelphia Police Department.

Other law agencies have boxes available but a call prior to drop-off is advised, and those include police departments in Dennison, Newcomerstown, Strasburg, and Sugarcreek.

Copyright WTUZ Radio Inc., 2021