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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 26


Media contact: Miranda Pomiecko: (216) 698-2546; mpomiecko@cuyahogacounty.us

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

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH – 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 October 26, 2019. 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, and prescription drug misuse during adolescence increases risk for substance abuse later. 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 26th, 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 60 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 your home. All prescription medications can be dropped off, except for liquids, needles, or illicit drugs—and now, for the first time, DEA and Cuyahoga County will also accept vaping devices and cartridges at any of its drop off locations. It is important to note that DEA and Cuyahoga County cannot accept devices containing lithium ion batteries. If batteries cannot be removed prior to drop-off, DEA encourages individuals to consult with stores that recycle lithium ion batteries.

Cuyahoga County is on pace to surpass 2018’s total of 13,684 pounds of unused or expired prescription medication brought in through the Drug Drop Boxes. Since 2013, Cuyahoga County has brought in over 69,000 pounds of prescription drugs.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.