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Prescription drug ‘Take Back Day’ collections set for Saturday

| April 17, 2023

DOVER (WJER) (April, 17, 2023) – Local anti-drug officials are encouraging residents to take time this week to empty out their medicine cabinets of any unneeded or expired prescriptions.

Empower Tusc Coordinator Jodi Salvo says the spring National Take Back Day is happening this Saturday, April 22.

People can drive through and drop off their pills that day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the south entrance of Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover and at Trinity Hospital Twin City in Dennison.

“You do not even have to get out of your car,” said Salvo. “We just want to make it as easy as possible.”

Salvo says law enforcement officers will be collecting the medications from drivers at the event.

“They go weigh the poundage and then a litter deputy takes it up to be incinerated,” she said.

Salvo promotes participation as a way to keep pills out of the wrong hands.

“Addiction really can happen from that home medicine cabinet,” Salvo said.

Salvo reminds everyone that if you can’t make it to Saturday’s drop-off event, many area police stations and the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office also have collection boxes that take old medications at any time.

National Drug Take Back Day collections held on the fourth Saturday of April and October each year.

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