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 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:
- cold/flu medications
- pain relievers
- pet medications
- cough syrups
- 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.
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.
Thanks, Lenore. I was wondering where I could take prescriptions I no longer use.
Lake County deserves a lot of credit for this. I haven’t heard of any programs like it elsewhere. Thanks for the comment!
Cuyahoga County now has a similar program, but it accepts only prescription medicines. See https://keepitoutofthelandfill.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/the-safe-way-to-dispose-of-old-medications/ for more information.
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I still would like some clear info on what happens to these drugs. Are they distroyed, resold, distributed to the poor?
My wife picked up a cream that cost her $200 out of pocket, un opened and 10 minutes after pick up, she can not return it. Medical Rip Off, but even more if all that can be done ils distroy it, so the doctors can sell a new $200 med to another unsuspecting patiant.
This is what the Lake County Narcotics Agency web site says: “All pharmaceutical drugs collected in these bins will be destroyed safely by incineration.” I believe this is a matter of federal law.