Saturday is an opportunity for local residents to
get rid of any unwanted, unused, or expired medications.
It’s National Medication Take Back Day, sponsored locally by the
Sheriff’s Office, the Memorial Health System, the Area Agency on Aging, RSVP,
and the Right Path for Washington County, an anti-drug and pro-recovery effort
aimed primarily at youth.
There are several locations where you can drop off medications.
Cathy Harper, coordinator for the Right Path, says “We will be in Belpre at the
Belpre Senior Center; at the corner of Second and Putnam Streets in Marietta –
the Right Path will be at that location; also White Oak Pharmacy in Barlow;
Fort Frye High School in Beverly; the Area Agency on Aging in Reno; the Devola
Medical Center parking lot in Devola; and Hardwood Components in New Matamoras, so we have a new partner this year in New Matamoras.”
Collection hours on Saturday are 10 AM until 2 PM.
So why should you get rid of unused or expired
medications? Harper says there are a number of reasons.
“The drugs can be stolen and illegally sold. It’s a
good way to keep your children and pets safe, because you could drop the medications
and they could find it. If you leave your medications sitting out, they could
also find it and take it. Unused medications are toxins for our environment. They
used to tell people to flush them down the toilet or to put them in their
incinerators. Now, if they bring (medications) to the drop-off sites, they will
be disposed of properly.”
Harper says there are no restrictions on
what will be accepted.
“They can clean up their medicine cabinets. They
can turn in medication bottles – everything will be incinerated. They can turn
in their sharps. They can turn in patches or anything. There are no questions
asked. Everything can be dropped off anonymously,” she says. ”Everything will
If you miss Saturday's event, there's no need to wait for the next one. Harper says the Sheriff’s Office criminal division and dispatch
center at 309 Fourth Street accepts medications 24/7 and will dispose of them