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Drug take back

Director says event a success

This past weekend was the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District’s (LSSWMD) annual pharmaceutical collection event, which  LSSWMD Director Dan Palmer said was very successful.

On Friday, the service was set up from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Scioto County in the Scioto County Jail parking lot in Portsmouth, and on Saturday, it was from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Lawrence County at the Ironton Hills Plaza.

Both locations were open for residents of either county, and prescription, over-the-counter medications, intravenous solutions, injectables and needles were all accepted.

“I was really amazed at the number of pills that we collected,” Palmer said. “In two days, we collected around 150 pounds of pills, and I’m just elated at that.”

In Scioto County, 67 vehicles came through and 71 lbs. of pills, 48 lbs. of sharps/syringes and 19 lbs. of liquid medications were collected. For Lawrence County, 53 vehicles came through, and 80 lbs. of pills, 10 lbs. of sharps/syringes and 32 lbs. of liquid medications were collected.

“This year’s numbers were better than last year’s,” Palmer said.

Some of the pills collected during the two days included Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Cyclobenzapr, Venlafaxinc, Diclofenac, Cyanocobalan, Trama-DOL, Propranolol, Hydroxyzine, Glipizide, Pacerone, Nitroglycerin, Amoxicillin, Oxaprozin, Doxycyline, Lorazepam, Promethazine, Propox, Cyclobenzaprine, Atorvastatin, Lisinopril, Dicylomine, Meclizine and more.

Palmer added that he was also thankful to Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini, Scioto County Sheriff’s Captain Shawn Sparks and Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputy Boyd Blake for assisting with the events, and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital for providing collection containers.