If you’re guilty of hoarding that old medicine, thinking you may need it for some other ailment later on, think again. Medications do expire, and they are prescribed for specific problems, not as general drugs to cure whatever ails you.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday is an opportunity to get rid of unused or expired prescription medications. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
For the safety of Fulton County youth and families, the Archbold, Delta, Swanton and Wauseon Police Departments and Fulton County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with area pharmacies are giving the community an opportunity to dispose of unwanted medications.
“It is important for the safety of our community to get these unused or expired prescriptions out of family medicine cabinets,” said Wauseon Police Chief Keith Torbet. “This will help us keep these prescription drugs off our streets and prevent them from being misused or abused.”
On Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., locations in Archbold, Delta, Metamora, Swanton, and Wauseon will accept tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage forms of unneeded or expired medication. Intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted at any of these sites.
Participating sites include:
Archbold Police Department
405 E Lutz Road
401 Main St.
251 Mill St.
147 E Airport Highway
Municipal Office – Village Council Room Entrance
219 Chestnut St.
Rite Aid Pharmacy
1496 N Shoop Ave.
485 E Airport Highway
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, potentially leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. The abuse of prescription drugs is now the second leading cause of accidental death and has other unintended consequences, such as increased prevalence of prescription medication abuse and diversion throughout the United States.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, abuse of prescription drugs to get high has become increasingly prevalent among teens and young adults. Past abuse of prescription pain killers now ranks second—only behind marijuana—as the Nation’s most prevalent illegal drug problem.
The National Drug Take Back Day is an opportunity to clean out your medication cabinet before someone is harmed.
Fulton County also has four drop off locations that can be used throughout the year – the Fayette Police Department, Swanton Police Department, Wauseon Police Department, and Fulton County Sheriff’s Office