Permanent Collection Site for Unwanted Meds

by Danielle Cotterman on October 29, 2011 at 3:46 am

If you’re like many people, you probably have a drawer or medicine cabinet full of expired or unwanted medication…to help prevent drug-abuse and theft of these products local residents were encouraged to drop off any unwanted medication to the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department.

The collaborative effort to properly dispose of any medication was part of National Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The community could drive-thru and drop-off any prescription or over the counter medication.

"The neat thing about ours is we’ve kind of taken it a step above everybody else," said Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz. "DEA is only actually taking the prescription pills, however with the collaborative effort we have here, we’re taking sharps and we’re also taking liquids."

Earl James and his wife drove-threw to drop off expired prescription medicine that they had been accumulating over the years.

"We had kept them in our medicine cabinet and decided to just get rid of them today,’ said James.

Beginning Sunday a permanent collection site will be available for residents in the Muskingum County Jail Lobby. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.