CLEVELAND — Locations across Ohio and the country offered to take drugs off of peoples’ hands.
Operation: Medicine Cabinet and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was held Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
People used the service to safely dispose of outdated or unwanted prescription medication.
“I have too often seen the devastating effects on our young people who are abusing pharmaceutical medications. (Operation: Medicine Cabinet) affords us a proactive opportunity to not only dispose of these very dangerous unused drugs safely, but also to educate our residents of the seriousness of this issue,” said Special Agent in Charge Jeff Capretto of the Westshore Enforcement Bureau Drug Task Force.
Flushing the medication is also discouraged as wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove the pharmaceuticals.
That practice could result in a number of environmental issues.
In September, over 9,000 pounds of medication was collected at a similar event.