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Permanent drop boxes for medications now available

The Ottawa, Sandusky Seneca Joint Solid Waste District recently presented checks to local police departments through the District's Competitive Funding Grant program. 

  Ottawa County law enforcement agencies have been sponsoring the Medication Take Back Event for residents to properly dispose of outdated, unwanted and unused medications since the Fall of 2010. The one-day collection events were held twice per year. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and four local police departments are introducing a system that will be more convenient for Ottawa County residents to properly dispose of their medications.
Permanent drop-box containers will be available beginning Monday, Oct 1. Ottawa County residents are encouraged to drop off medications at any of the participating police departments, which are
open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
Danbury Township Police Department, 419 S. Bridge Road, Lakeside-Marblehead, 419-732-2549
Village of Genoa Police Department, 102 E. Sixth Street, Genoa, 419-855-8515
Village of Oak Harbor Police Department, 146 Church Street, Oak Harbor, 419-898-2055
Port Clinton Police Department, 1868 E. Perry Street, Port Clinton, 419-734-3121

The four police departments received a grant from the OSS Solid Waste District’s Competitive Funding Grant Program to purchase the steel box that will be placed in each department’s lobby. Outdated or unused medications that can be disposed of in the drop-boxes include prescription and over-the-counter medications, medication samples, narcotics (controlled substances), vitamins and inhalers. Residents are asked to keep medications in their original containers. Names and personal information should be crossed off or removed. Do not dispose of medical syringes or needles or illicit drugs in the drop-boxes.
Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick believes the full-time drop-boxes will have a positive impact on the communities throughout Ottawa County.
“Many residents and their families are at a loss of where to dispose of unwanted and unused medication.” said Levorchick. “We, the law enforcement community of Ottawa County, in partnership with OSS Joint Solid Waste District have the opportunity to provide the means for our citizens to dispose of that medication.”
According to the DEA, the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows prescription medicines to be the most abused drugs by Americans, other than marijuana. Almost three-fourths of teen prescription drug abusers get the drugs from family and friends. The home medicine cabinet is a major source. These medications should not be thrown in the trash where others can find them. It is important to dispose of medications once they are no longer needed for the illness for which they were prescribed. People should not use medications containing controlled substances outside of a doctor’s care. These medications should only be used by those individuals for whom they were prescribed.
Contact the local police departments listed above with any questions.

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