Stark County, OH (October 11, 2018) – The Stark County Sheriff’s Office reported that 1,068 lbs. of medicine was collected during Stark County’s Drug Take Back Day, an event that promotes safe drug disposal. This total includes the weight of both pills and liquids, and represents the collective effort of 16 locations that collected both prescription and over-the-counter drugs last month.
Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery, the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District, Drug Free Stark County, and the Opiate Task Force of Stark County, in cooperation with the Stark County Police Chiefs’ Association, collaborate to organize this annual event. After collection, the drugs are weighed and incinerated at a high temperature without harm to the environment.
Special thanks goes to Alliance Community Hospital, Aultman Hospital, and Mercy Medical Center for their support of this effort.
Since 8 of 10 teens who misuse prescription drugs get them from friends or relatives, ongoing awareness of proper disposal is key to the health and wellness of our community. Since 2013, Stark County residents have had the ability to dispose of unwanted, expired medications – pills only, no liquid or creams – year-round at any one of 18 Drug Drop Box locations throughout the county. A list of locations can be found at starkmhar.org/prevention-resources/drug-drop-off-locations. The newest drop box, Hartville, is now open at the Hartville Police Department – 202 W. Maple St.
In 2017 alone, 6,346 pounds of medications were collected in these boxes.
For more information, visit StarkMHAR.org.
About Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery
Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery is a multi-faceted organization of expert professionals, dedicated volunteers and concerned community leaders close to mental health and addiction needs right here at home. StarkMHAR is responsible for planning, funding and monitoring public mental health and addiction prevention, early intervention and treatment services delivered to the residents of Stark County. It is one of approximately 50 boards coordinating the public behavioral health system across Ohio. StarkMHAR also advocates for residents with behavioral health issues at both the local and state levels and provides educational opportunities for local providers and other community stakeholders. For more online about the work of StarkMHAR, visit www.StarkMHAR.org.