National drug take back day is Sept. 26

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is an opportunity to get rid of unused or expired prescription medications. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, according to the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The police departments in Swanton and other Fulton County communities as well as the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with area pharmacies, are giving the surrounding communities an opportunity to dispose of unwanted medications.

Area locations will accept tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage forms of unneeded or expired medication. Intravenous solutions, needles, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted at any of these sites. It is best to deposit the dry medications into a plastic baggie, to maintain confidentiality.

Participating sites include Swanton Municipal Offices at Village Council room entrance, 219 Chestnut St.; Swanton Pharmacy, corner of Airport Highway and Hallett Avenue; Archbold Police Department, 405 E Lutz Road; Delta Memorial Hall, 401 Main St.; Fayette Village Offices, 125 W. Main St.; Lyons Fire Department, 409 W. Morenci St.; and in Wauseon, the Rite Aid Pharmacy, 1496 N. Shoop Ave. and Walmart’s pharmacy, 485 E. Airport Highway.

“It is important for the safety of our community to get these unused or expired prescriptions out of family medicine cabinets,” said Wauseon Police Chief Torbet. “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 abuse 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.

The National Drug Take Back Day is an opportunity to clean out medication cabinets before someone is harmed.