Joint News Release & Photo Op Invite by
Drug-Free Delaware Delaware County Sheriff’s Office City of Delaware P.D.
Delaware County, OH – April 22, 2013 - In an effort to prevent misuse, the Drug-Free Delaware Coalition and Delaware County law enforcement agencies are teaming up to provide safe and legal disposal of unwanted or expired medication. Secure disposal drop boxes are being mounted in four locations in the County.
The news media is invited to the public unveiling of the drug drop-off boxes on Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. at the Delaware Police Department, 70 N. Union St., Delaware, OH 43015
According to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office:
- Every day, drug overdoses kill an average of four Ohioans.
- Since 2007, unintended drug overdoses have exceeded car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio.
- Ohio’s death rate from overdoses has jumped from 327 deaths in 1999 to 1,544 in 2010—an increase largely driven by prescription drug abuse.
- Heroin is flooding Ohio because of heightened demand. People who become addicted to prescription pain medication often turn to heroin.
“The latest figures from the Delaware County Opiate Task Force show that 70% of people seeking addiction treatment in Delaware County are opiate dependent,” says Delaware County Sheriff Russ Martin. “Further, 70% of children who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from the homes of family and friends.”
Drug-Free Delaware purchased the drop boxes as part of its ongoing effort to protect the community from the harm caused by drugs. Drug-Free Delaware is a program of Recovery & Prevention Resources and a community coalition funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration.
In early May, Delaware County residents may drop off prescription medication safely and securely at these locations:
- Delaware Police Department - 70 N. Union St., Delaware, OH 43015
- Delaware County Jail – 844 US Hwy 42 North, Delaware, OH 43015
- Genoa Township Police Department – 7049 Big Walnut Rd., Galena, OH 43021
- Shawnee Hills Police Department – 40 W. Reindeer Dr., Shawnee Hills, OH 43065
Before dropping off prescriptions, residents are asked to remove the labels to protect their privacy. Liquids and syringes will not be accepted. Liquids can be disposed of by pouring into a baggie containing kitty litter, sealing the bag, and placing it in the trash.
On Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the annual, national Medication Disposal & Drug Take-Back Day will take place. In Delaware County, residents can drive through either Grady Memorial Hospital in Delaware or OhioHealth’s Westerville Medical Campus parking lots to drop off unwanted or expired medicines.