Bellefontaine Police Department taking back unwanted prescription drugs Oct. 26 at Mary Rutan Hospital
On Saturday, October 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Bellefontaine Police Department in partnership with Logan County CORE, Mary Rutan Hospital, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your pills for disposal to the canopy entrance of Mary Rutan Hospital, located at 205 E Palmer Rd. The site cannot accept liquids. Needles/sharps, pills and patches will be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Mary Rutan Hospital is providing sharps disposal at no cost as a community service.
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds—approximately 5,900 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or https://www.logancountycore.com/
Join the Logan County Health District at one of these upcoming free Narcan Trainings. Call (937) 651-6901 to pre-register by the Thursday before these dates:
Feb. 14, 1-1:30pm
Feb. 26, 1-1:30pm
Mar. 14, 1-1:30pm
Mar. 25, 1-1:30pm
The Youth Council will meet the following dates and at these locations through August.
Sunday, April 15th
Sunday, May 20th
Sunday, June 10th
Sunday, July 15th
Sunday, Aug. 12th
"It's our local version of an opioid task force," said Tammy Nicholl.
The group uses a four-prong approach, dividing the groups into teams.
One team is prevention, another treatment and recovery. There's the medical team and the legal and advocacy team. Each team reports to the group on their successes and needs.
What they're doing seems to be working, the number of overdose deaths is going down. In 2016 the county registered 13 overdose deaths. In 2017 there were 8 in the county. The numbers are small, but the impact is great.
"We are trying to offer hope through treatment and prevention. If nothing else to let them know we're going to win this battle and that the future looks better," said Marshall.
A breakthrough for this community as they come together to tackle this crisis.
Ring in the New Year at a Community New Year's Eve Party this year! Logan County C.O.R.E. is hosting a family-friendly event complete with music, games, prizes, fun activities, food and refreshments at the Union Station Community Center in Bellefontaine from 8 p.m. to Midnight on Sunday, December 31st.
A Sober Support Group meeting will be held at 9 p.m. Contact Us for more information.
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