If you’re guilty of hording 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.
For the safety of Fulton County youth and families, Healthy Choices Caring Communities, Swanton Area Community Coalition, Archbold, Delta, Swanton and Wauseon Police Departments and Fulton County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with area pharmacies are giving our community an opportunity to dispose 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.
On Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., locations in Archbold, Delta, Metamora, and Wauseon will accept tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage forms of unneeded or expired medication. Swanton locations will be accepting solid medications, intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes.
Participating sites include:
• Archbold Police Department, 405 E. Lutz Road
• Metamora Fire Department, 251 Mill St.
• Swanton Pharmacy, 151 E. Airport Hwy.
• Swanton Village Council chambers, 219 Chestnut St.
• Delta Memorial Hall, 401 Main St.
• Wauseon Walmart, 485 E. Airport Hwy.
• Rite-Aid, 1496 N. Shoop Ave., Wauseon.
• Wauseon Police Department, 230 St., #207.
According to Wauseon Police Chief Torbet, “It is important for the safety of our community to get these unused or expired prescriptions out of family medicine cabinets. This will help us keep these prescription drugs off our streets and prevent them from being misused or abused.”
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 abused 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. In recent findings, 50 percent of heroin addictions start with prescription drugs.
Fulton County also has 5 drop off locations that can be used throughout the year.
Fulton County is very fortunate to have five 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 – Anytime 24/7;
• Fulton County Sheriff’s Office – Anytime 24/7;
• Archbold Police Department – Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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, contact Beth Thomas, Project Director, at 419-337-0915 or visit www.HC3Partnership.org.