The Drug Enforcement Agency is hosting their annual Medication Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Locally, when we hold our take-back day in conjunction with theirs, it reduces the cost and manpower involved in the destruction of the medication collected. So, in an effort to create a healthier community and minimize costs, Community C.O.R.E. will again be partnering with the Bellefontaine Police Department and the Mary Rutan Foundation to host a medication take back event on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 11am – 1 pm at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine (205 E. Palmer Rd.). This event will be a drive-thru event under the canopy of the hospital. During the event hours, residents can dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted prescription medications. Sharps will be accepted and are requested to place in sealed container such as a coffee jar or butter bowl to prevent accidental punctures of the volunteers. No liquids or inhalers will be accepted.
We have seen a significant decrease in disposal rates at medication take back events the past two years – partially because of the permanent drop boxes and partially because of better monitoring of opiates being prescribed in the community. Regardless, we know that there are many unused prescription medications still sitting on kitchen counters, in medicine cabinets, and in other accessible locations in homes. We are asking each member of our community to go home and dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted medications, on Saturday, October 27. We have the ability to save lives and be one step closer to a healthier community.