Fairfield County and Violet Township are teaming up once again to help eliminate the possibility children will get their hands on prescription drugs by holding a no-questions asked "Drug and Electronics Collection Day" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27, at the Violet Township Service Center, 490 Center St. in Pickerington.
According to recent studies from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, prescription drugs are the second-most abused category of drugs in the U.S., following marijuana.
Taking expired drugs out of medicine cabinets and handing them over to the authorities is one way to assure they are not diverted to the streets.
Violet Township Economic Development Specialist Joy Davis said the event also serves to help the environment.
"If you flush (drugs) down the toilet, there is an opportunity for them to get into the wastewater and damage aquatic life," Davis said.
She said the event is held twice a year as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office, the Fairfield County Soil and Water Conservation District and Lancaster-Fairfield County Recycling and Litter Prevention also sponsor the event.
Davis said she hopes the April 27 event equals or surpasses the previous effort held last September.
"The last one we collected over 100 pounds of unused expired drugs. Nationally, there was 276 tons collected," Davis said.
"We take pretty much anything that's in your medicine cabinet that's expired. We even take over-the-counter medications," she said.
The list of drugs accepted also includes any liquids, creams, gels, ointments, patches, suppositories, powders, syringes and IV's. Aerosols or inhalers will not be accepted.
Davis advised participants to either black out the name or remove the label on the drug prior to the event.
The collection site will serve as a depository for old and obsolete electronics as well.
Officials at the site will accept computers, laptops, printers, cables, keyboards and mouse, VCR's, DVD's, radios and cell phones.
Televisions will be accepted for a minimal fee of $1 per diagonal inch.
"The garbage company doesn't take old TV's because of some of the stuff in them. Here's a way to get rid of them," said Chad Lucht of the Fairfield County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Davis said 2,800 pounds of electronic equipment was collected for recycling at the previous event last September.
She said document shredding will not be offered April 27 because the shredding truck will be on-site at Ohio University-Lancaster the same day.
"People can either go down to OU-L or wait until June 8 when (it is offered) in Pickerington at Spence Funeral Home," Davis said.
She said the success of the collection event can be largely attributed to its location.
The (Violet Township Service Center) is perfect for it because you can just drive through," Davis said.
"You don't ever have to get out of your vehicle," she said.
For more information about the "Drugs and Electronics Collection Day," call Fairfield Co. Recycling and Litter Prevention at 740-681-4423 or Fairfield SWCD at 740-653-8154.