Marysville News

Drug take-back day sets record

More than 200 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medication was dropped off April 26 at the Union County Sheriff's Office as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Take-Back Day.

According to a news release from the sheriff's office, it was the largest amount of unused medication collected in the county to date.

The events are sponsored by the DEA and hosted by the sheriff's office, Memorial Hospital of Union County and the Union County Drug-Free Coalition.

The next collection day is scheduled for fall, but residents can deposit medication year-round in collection boxes at the sheriff's office and the Plain City and Richwood police departments.

Statewide, Ohioans disposed of 14.2 tons -- 28,466 pounds -- of unwanted pills April 26, according to information from Attorney General Mike DeWine's office.

Seven previous nationwide take-back events collectively removed more than 3.4 million pounds of medication from circulation, DeWine's office said.

A list of prescription drug drop boxes provided by the attorney general's office is available at ohioattorneygeneral.gov.

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