Mercy is Collection Site for Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative Sept. 25

Mercy is Collection Site for Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative Sept. 25

Posted on: September 9, 2010

Canton, Ohio: To help prevent the misuse of prescription drugs and address the safety and health hazards of pharmaceutical waste, Mercy Medical Center is partnering with the Stark County Sheriff’s Office and Canton City Police Department to serve as a collection site for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) first ever nationwide Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Initiative on Saturday, Sept. 25.

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. IV solutions and syringes will not be accepted. This program is anonymous, and no identification is needed.

Elaine Campbell, co-coordinator of Mercy Green Team, says participating in the national “Take-Back” Initiative complements the hospital’s in-house pharmaceutical waste recycling program, which will be rolled out hospital-wide by the end of the year. “Misuse and improper disposal of over-the-counter and prescription drugs have become a major health issue and environmental hazard,” Campbell says.

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.

All locations for drop off include:

Mercy Medical Center
[employee parking lot]
1320 Mercy Drive NW
Canton, Ohio 44708

City of North Canton
[City Hall Lobby]
145 North Main Street
North Canton, Ohio 44720

City of Canal Fulton
[Safety Center]
1165 Locust Street
Canal Fulton, Ohio

Plain Township
[Township Hall]
2600 Easton Street NE

City of Canton
Coleman Center
1730 Grace Ave., NE
Canton, Ohio 44705

12th and Shorb Ave.
1903 12th Street
Canton, Ohio

Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, visit

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