National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 27th

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Contacts:
John O'Brien: (216) 263-4545; jfobrien@cuyahogacounty.us 


New Home Drug Disposal Kits Available This Year

CLEVELAND
– Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish is encouraging residents to take action and ‘Take Back Your Meds’, in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative.

New this year are Deterra Drug Deactivation System pouches, which allow residents to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at home. The pouches were provided to Cuyahoga County by the ADAMHS Board.

Residents can pick up drug disposal pouches at County Headquarters, 2079 East 9th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 and at the following locations:
  • Virgil E. Brown Building 1641 Payne Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44114
  • Virgil E. Brown Building 1640 Superior Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114
  • Jane Edna Hunter Building 3955 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44115
  • Old Brooklyn 4261 Fulton Parkway Brooklyn, Ohio 44144
  • Mt. Pleasant Building 13815 Kinsman Road Cleveland OH 44120
  • Office of Child Support Services 1640 Superior Ave Cleveland Ohio 44114

These pouches eliminate the active ingredients in your medicine and allow disposal in your regular trash. Watch the video that explains the pouches.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016,” said County Executive Budish, “and through the National Institute of Health, we know that two-thirds of individuals who use heroin began with misusing prescription drugs. We need a different approach: Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Drop Boxes and these new pouches allow us to take action ourselves, to make our community safer by eliminating the dangers of unwanted prescription drugs.”

Drug Take Back Day is being held Saturday April 27, 2019. Residents can also safely dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications at one of the many Rx Drug Drop Box locations throughout Cuyahoga County.

Cuyahoga County currently has over 40 Rx Drug Drop Boxes located at law enforcement agencies. Rx Drug Drop Boxes provide an environmentally-friendly disposal process, and reduce the risks involved with leaving prescription medications in a household. All prescription medications can be dropped off, except for liquids, needles, or illicit drugs.

The website DEATakeBack.com offers a complete list of drop off locations, searchable by zip code in and around Cuyahoga County.

DEA Drug Take Back Day 2016 took in 10,112 pounds of drugs. In 2017, County residents turned in 12,478 pounds, a 23 % increase, and 2018 totals were 13,684 pounds, a 9.6% increase over 2017.

If you know of someone struggling with addiction, drugs, alcohol or mental health, please contact The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County at (216) 623-6888.