Expired and unused prescription medications should not be left sitting in your medicine cabinet or kitchen drawer.
“Drug Take Back Day” scheduled Saturday, April 29, at Union Hospital provides a safe and confidential method to dispose of those old and unwanted medications so they don’t fall into the wrong hands or pollute the water supply.
Anybody wishing to safely dispose of prescription or non-prescription medications may bring those items to the South Entrance of Union Hospital just off the Boulevard between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 29.
A deputy from the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Department will be at the hospital to accept the medications for proper disposal. The “Drug Take Back Day” program is completely anonymous and no name or ID will be requested.
Medication containers should be placed in a transparent plastic bag. Those in their original prescription bottles may have the patient’s name on the label blacked out if desired. The Sheriff’s Department will not accept for disposal any needles, liquids or any peroxide-based medications at this event.
“Drug Take Back Day” can help keep potentially dangerous medications out of the hands of children and reduce drug abuse and theft of drugs from homes. Disposal of unwanted medications in this manner also will protect the environment by keeping powerful drugs out of the sewer systems and groundwater.
Drug Take Back Day is a cooperative effort involving the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Department, the Union Hospital Employee Recycling Committee, the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Recycling District, the Anti-Drug Coalition of Tuscarawas County and the Tuscarawas County Opiate Task Force.
In addition to the “Drug Take Back Day” event on April 29, outdated and unwanted medications may be taken any time of the day or night to the lobby of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Department at 2295 Reiser Ave. SE in New Philadelphia, and to other area police departments. For more information, call (330) 339-2000.
Information about Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).