Lucas County Commissioner Carol Contrada, Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp, Scott Sylak, Executive Director of Lucas County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board, and Deb Chany, Executive Director of Sylvania Community Action Team (S.C.A.T.), were joined by numerous law enforcement officials from around Lucas County to announce a countywide Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Prescription drugs to be discarded may be brought to any of the 18 designated locations for safe, environmentally responsible disposal between the hours of 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
Prescription drug abuse affects families of all demographics and types of communities. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, each day 44 people in the United States die from overdose of prescription painkillers, and many more become addicted. The increase in prescription drug abuse has also fueled a rise in heroin addiction in communities around the country leading to local and statewide efforts to combat this drug abuse.
Commissioner Contrada emphasized the importance of the Prescription Drug Take Back Day. “We want to protect our children, our families, and our environment. This community-led drug take back effort does just that. This initiative has broad support from individual citizens, community organizations, and law enforcement officials, and makes it easy to do the right thing and safely dispose of unused prescription drugs.”
The coordination of this effort was led by Deb Chany, Executive Director of Sylvania Community Action Team, with advertising resources provided in part by the Board of Lucas County Commissioners and cooperation from law enforcement officials and private partners throughout the county. Ms. Chany stated, “So many times we are primarily concerned about protecting our children and teenagers, but prescription drug abuse affects all segments of our society. Prescription Drug Take Back Day is important to send a reminder to the community that we can part of the solution. Please join us Saturday and spring clean your medicine cabinets.”
There will be 18 drug sites in total including Sylvania City Police Station; Sylvania Twp. Police Station; Maumee Police Station; Swanton Police Station; Oregon Police Station; University of Toledo Police Station; UT/MCO Emergency Room; Ottawa Hills Police Station; the Safety Building (downtown Toledo); Scott Park District Police Station; Northwest District Police Station; Waterville Fire Station; Monclova Twp. Fire Station; Village of Whitehouse Fire Station; Providence Twp. Fire & Rescue; and two Kroger locations (833 W. Alexis Rd and 1415 S. Byrne Rd).