Drug take back event set for this weekend

Published 9:28 am Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up for another drug take back event.

Lawrence County residents will be able to drop off old or unwanted pharmaceuticals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ironton Hill Shopping Plaza.

“If you have old prescription meds that you want to get rid of, this is the time to do it,” said Dan Palmer, director of LSSWMD. “And you can also bring your sharps, we will take those.”

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Palmer said Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital is helping with the disposal of used syringes and needles.

The event is free and Palmer said he hoped the event location at Ironton Hills would bring in more people. People who want to drop off medication must bring a form of ID and a utility bill as proof of residency in Lawrence County.

“We see so many of the seniors come through who are on multiple medications and they have all these bottles and they don’t know how to get rid of them,” Palmer said. “We try and get out the message, please stop flushing these. The EPA is just so adamant about that. We have to get the message out.”

Palmer also said the LSSWMD wouldn’t be able to have the event without help from the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless said the event is easy to participate in.

“They won’t even have to get out of their car,” Lawless said. “They’ll be able to pull right up and we can obtain the items right from their car door or from their car window to make it as convenient as we can.”

Lawless also said since the sheriff’s office installed a permanent drug disposal box, hundreds of pounds of medications have been turned in. In the past three months, 243 pounds of medications were collected.

Lawless also said the annual event helps remind the public to get rid of their old drugs.

“I think it helps remind people to clean out their cupboards of unwanted medications so that they don’t fall in the hands of a child who may be in their house or subject people to the criminal element who may want to break in and steal medications they no longer need,” Lawless said.

On the heels of the drug take back event, the LSSWMD will have its annual document shred and E-waste day on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ironton Hills.

Palmer said Lawrnece County residents can bring any confidential documents, old check books or personal information to be shredded.

“When people can see their documents are shredded to very small confetti, when we show them that, they are pleased to know no one can get their bank account number or anything confidential,” Palmer said.

Computer and cells phones are also accepted. The shredding event is also free.