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Cuyahoga County Encourages Residents to ‘Take Back Your Meds’ on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 28

Media contact(s):
John O’Brien, (216) 263-4545

– Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish is encouraging residents to ‘Take Back Your Meds’, in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative, on Saturday April 28, 2018. Residents can safely dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications at one of the many Rx Drug Drop Box locations throughout Cuyahoga County.

“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. In fact, America’s 12 to 17-year olds have made prescription drugs the number one substance of abuse for their age group, and much of that is coming from the medicine cabinets of their parents, grandparents, and friends,” said County Executive Budish. “If you’re unable to participate on October 28th, you can drop off your unused medications on another date, as our Rx Drug Drop Boxes are available year-round.”

Cuyahoga County currently has over 40 Rx Drug Drop Boxes located at law enforcement agencies. Rx Drug Drop Boxes provide an environmentally-friendly disposal process, and reduce the risks involved with leaving prescription medications in a household. All prescription medications can be dropped off, except for liquids, needles, or illicit drugs.

Additionally, Cuyahoga County has added Rx Drug Drop Boxes at the following locations:

Gates Mills
Gates Mills Village Hall
1470 Chagrin River Rd., Gates Mills, OH 44040

MetroHealth System
700 Huron Rd E, Cleveland, OH 44115

Strongsville Police Department
18688 Royalton Rd., Strongsville, OH 44136

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C)

  • Metro Campus: 2900 Community College Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115
  • Eastern Campus: 4250 Richmond Rd., Highland Hills, OH 44122
  • Western Campus: 11000 Pleasant Valley Rd., Parma, OH 44130
DEA Drug Take Back Day 2016 took in 10,112 pounds of drugs. In 2017 County residents turned in 12,478 pounds, a 23 % increase.
Recently, the County-backed Know the Risks campaign released a public service announcement video that starkly illustrates the trap of addiction.

For more information on the opioid epidemic and what you can do to help, please visit: KnowtheRx.org.

For a current list of Drop off locations this year, see www.DEATakeBack.com