Drug Take Back nets nearly 200 pounds

Fulton County residents participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30 turned in approximately 195 pounds of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the seven take-back sites that were available in Fulton County.

In the Toledo Region there was approximately 5,500 pounds collected.

“The amount of prescription drugs turned in by Fulton County residents during the Take-Back Day event speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” said Wauseon Police Chief Keith Torbet. “DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until the proper regulations are in place.

“With the continued support of Healthy Choices Caring Communities and the hard work of local law enforcement, community partners and volunteers, this event has dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and increased awareness of this critical public health issue,” said Chief Torbet.

Now there is no need to wait for the next Drug Take Back Day. Fulton County has four drop off locations that can be used throughout the year. They are:

Swanton Police Department, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fayette Police Department, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wauseon Police Department, any time.

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, any time.

Healthy Choices Caring Communities, an initiative of the Fulton County Family & Children First Council, is a group of community members working together to prevent and reduce youth use of alcohol and other drugs in Fulton County. To become a member of the HC3, or for more information, find us on Facebook, visit our website www.hc3partnership.org or contact Beth Thomas at 419-337-0915.