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Posted On: 10/26/2017

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

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 28

For Immediate Release
October 26, 2017

Contacts: Christopher Harris, (216) 443-7157   

CLEVELAND – 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 28, 2017. 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. We must act with a sense of urgency and commitment to combat this public health emergency,” 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 is planning on adding 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
    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 

While Cuyahoga County is unlikely to hit the 20,000-pound challenge issued at the beginning of the year, the county is on pace to surpass 2016’s total (10,112 pounds of drugs collected). 

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