Drug Take-Back Continues: Lake County Opiate Task Force Installs Drug Drop-Off Bins

On Saturday, April 28, he U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take-Back Initiative collected more than 276 tons of medications.

While such periodic collections address the dangers of discarded medications, our unwanted, old, and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs continue to be an ongoing, everyday problem.

  • If the drugs are in your home, they pose a hazard to children and pets.
  • If you flush them, they contaminate the local water supply and give your neighbors unsuspected doses of narcotics, hormones, antibiotics, and steroids.
  • If you toss them into the trash, they may end up in the hands of scavengers who will resell them.
  • If they make it to the landfill, they become toxic waste that contaminates groundwater.

Now, however, rather than waiting for the next National Take-Back Day, local residents have a much better option: they can take their unwanted, unusable drugs to one of the seven Lake County Opiate Task Force drug disposal drop-off bins.

The bins are at these locations (click here for map):

Lake County Opiate Task Force Drug Disposal Drop-Off Bins

Lake County Opiate Task Force Drug Disposal Drop-Off Bins

  • Lake County Sheriff’s Office, 104 East Erie Street, Painesville
  • Eastlake Police Department, 35150 Lakeshore Boulevard, Eastlake
  • Mentor Police Department, 8500 Civic Center Boulevard, Mentor
  • Willoughby Police Department, 36700 Euclid Avenue
  • Willoughby Hills Police Department, 35405 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills
  • Madison Township Police Department, 2065 Hubbard Road, Madison
  • Lakeland Community College Police Department, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Building A, lower level, Kirtland

Operating hours for all locations are:

  • Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

The drop-off locations will accept:

  • prescriptions
  • cold/flu medications
  • pain relievers
  • pet medications
  • vitamins
  • creams
  • cough syrups
  • pills
  • prescription painkillers

Needles and syringes are not accepted.

Leave the medicines in their original package or container, and be sure to black out all personal information on prescription labels before discarding the containers.

The Task Force is also distributing refrigerator magnets that contain this information. The magnets are available without charge at local pharmacies and social service agencies and will be distributed at community events.

Lake County Opiate Task Force Refrigerator Magnet

Lake County Opiate Task Force Refrigerator Magnet

The Lake County Narcotics Agency will destroy the collected drugs.

Unused drugs are hazardous waste: keep them out of the wrong hands … keep them out of our water … keep them out of the landfill.


Shop Recycled: Furniture, Artwork, and More at The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale, May 18–20

Shoppers with an eye for a bargain and a taste for style can indulge themselves at The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale, Friday through Sunday, May 18–20, 2012.

The sale offers a treasure trove of tenderly treated custom furniture, household goods, artwork, even costume jewelry, all at great prices.

  • Where: The Gathering Place Warehouse, 4911 Commerce Parkway, Warrensville Heights (off Miles Road, east of Richmond Road) (map) (Please note that this is at the warehouse, not The Gathering Place itself.)
  • When:
    Friday, May 18, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
    Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
    Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  •  What: fine furniture, unique artwork, soft sculptures, antiques, costume jewelry, tasteful home accessories — select items 50% off
  • Terms: cash and credit cards only
The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place: a caring community for those touched by cancer

For more information and a slideshow of the merchandise, see my examiner.com article: Shop recycled: The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale, May 18–20.

Proceeds from sales help fund the work of The Gathering Place: free programs to support, educate, and empower individuals and families touched by cancer.