|According to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the most important spring cleaning you can do is to get rid of old, unused or unwanted medicine. Medication abuse among youth continues to trend upwards at an alarming rate. Two-thirds of teens who report abusing medicine are getting it from friends, family members and acquaintances. Young people reported using medicine to get high, treat pain, sleep, stay awake, fit in or to do better in school.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids suggests using the following three steps to monitor, secure and properly dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines in your home:
- Monitor – take note of how many pills are in each of your bottles and keep track of the refills
- Secure – secure medication in a locked cabinet
- Dispose – safely dispose of expired and unused medication at a drug take-back location
National Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The official drop off location for Take Back Day is the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office, located at 12450 Merritt Road in Chardon. Other local drop off locations include:
- Chardon City Police Department, 111 Water Street, Chardon
- Chester Township Police Department, 12701 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland
- Hunting Valley Police Department, 38251 Fairmount Boulevard, Hunting Valley
- Middlefield Village Police Department, 14860 North State Avenue, Middlefield
- Russell Police Department, 14820 Chillicothe Road, Novelty
Before dropping off unwanted medication, you should remove the label or black out your name and personal information so that it is unreadable. Medications should be left in their original container. Drop off sites are not equipped to receive liquids, needles or syringes. If you miss Take Back Day on April 28th, the above locations are available for drug disposal all year.