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) “Take-Back” Initiative on Saturday, April 30.
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 “Take-Back” Initiative compliments the hospital’s in-house pharmaceutical waste recycling program. “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.
Below is a complete list of collection sites for the April 30th "Take Back" event:
Alliance – Police Department – 470 East Market Street
Brewster – Brewster Fire Department – 110 East Main Street
Canal Fulton – Police Department – 1165 Locust Street
Canton – Mercy Medical Cebter – 1320 Mercy Dive.
Canton – Fire Station #6 – 2621 Harmont Avenue N.E.
Canton – Southeast Community Center – 1400 Sherrick Road S.E.
Canton Twp – Fire Dept Station #2 – 1655 Waynesburg Drive
East Canton – Police Department – 130 South Cedar Street
Hartville – Police Department – 202 West Maple Street
Jackson Twp – Jackson Police Department – 7383 Fulton Drive N.W.
Louisville – Constitution Center – 1022 West Main Street
Magnolia – Sandy Township Fire Station – 8285 State Rt. 43
Massillon – Massilloys & Girls Club – 730 Duncan St. S.W. Minerva – Police Department – 209 North Market Street
North Canton – Police Department – 145 North Main Street
Perry Twp – Marcs Plaza – 5141 West Tuscarawas Street
Plain Twp – Township Hall – 2600 Easton Street N.
About Mercy Medical Center
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, see cantonmercy.org.
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