CLEVELAND, Ohio — Officials are encouraging residents to dump their unwanted and unnecessary prescription pills as more than 40 different sites throughout Cuyahoga County.
Saturday marks Take Back Your Meds’ Day, an initiative that is a part of the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, officials said in a news release.
“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a great initiative to help raise awareness and curb the misuse of opioid medications, because we know that prescription abuse can lead to illicit drug abuse,” County Executive Armond Budish said in a news release statement. “We must act with a sense of urgency and commitment to combat this public health emergency.”
In 2016, the county collected more than 10,000 pounds of drugs through similar programs. Officials stress that dropping off unused drugs helps keep them out of unwanted hands, and stresses that flushing drugs down the toilet are bad for the environment.
For the past several months, county officials have led a charge with “Know the Risks” campaign aimed at providing a centralized resource for services related to heroin, fentanyl and prescription pain pill addiction. The campaign released a video on addiction last week and brought U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown to Cleveland to support the drug take back program.