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Medication Take Back Event

Posted on: October 14, 2011
Where: Mercy Medical Center
When: Oct, 29 From 10a.m. - 2p.m.
Fee: FREE

Mercy Medical Center is serving as a collection site for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) “Take-Back” Initiative on Saturday, October 29th.

Individuals may drop off unwanted or expired over-the-counter and pharmaceutical pills, liquids and creams–no questions asked–between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Mercy’s main campus in the rear parking lot. Please remove all identification labels. All medicine bottles will be recycled, and all drugs will be properly incinerated. This program is anonymous, and no identification is needed.

Mercy Medical Center is only one of the 16 medication drop-off sites that are participating in the October 29th “Take Back” event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Below is a complete list of ALL drop-off sites around Stark County:

Alliance – Police Department – 470 East Market Street
Canal Fulton – Judge Eugene Fellmeth Safety Center (Canal Fulton Police Department) – 1165 Locust Street
Canton – Mercy Medical Cebter – 1320 Mercy Dive.
Canton – Anytime Fitness – 5119 West Tuscarawas
Canton – Canton Twp. Fire Dept. Station #1 – 210 49th St. S.W.
Canton – Canton Twp. Fire Dept. Station #2 – 1655 Wayneburg Dr.
East Canton – East Canton Police Department – 130 South Cedar St.
Hartville – Police Department – 202 West Maple Street
Jackson Twp – Jackson Police Department – 7383 Fulton Drive N.W.
Louisville – Louisville Police Department – 215 South Mill St.
Massillon – Massillon Boys & Girls Club – 730 Duncan St. S.W.
Minerva – Police Department – 209 North Market Street
Navarre – Fairless High School – 11885 Navarre Rd. S.W.
North Canton – North Canton Police Department – 145 North Main Street
Plain Twp – Plain Township Hall – 2600 Easton Street N.E.
Waynesburg – Sandy Valley Fire Station – 8285 Waynesburg Dr. S.E. (St. Rt. 43)

A 2008 national survey on drug use and health concluded there are currently 6.2 million non-medical users of psychotherapeutic drugs. Of the more than four billion prescriptions written yearly, 40 percent, or 200 million pounds of medication, go unused. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, according to the United States Department of Justice. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

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