Community Disposes of Unwanted Drugs

by Courtney Wheaton on October 26, 2013 at 4:59 am

Volunteers and local law enforcement agencies worked together to get prescription drugs off the streets.

For the last three years, the DEA , the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department and the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office have held drug take back days for locals to safely dispose of their unwanted drugs. Sheriff Matt Lutz say he is pleased with Saturday’s turn out.

"We usually do about a 100 drop offs per event, and this year we are at 92 already in the first two hours. It has been a very productive day," said Sheriff Lutz.

This year officials accepted injectables, liquids and needles as well as prescription drugs in pill or capsule forms. Sheriff Lutz says events like these can keep the community a safer place.

"There is no good that can come out of leaving these pills in your home," said Sheriff Lutz. People break into houses looking for old medications to use or sell, some people try to get down their toilet or trash cans and it’s just not good for the environment to throw it away that way. "

Genesis Healthcare, Northside Pharmacies and Muskingum Behavioral Health also partnered to make the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day available in our area. If you missed the event but still would like to drop off drugs people can do so at the Muskingum County Jail Lobby. The program does not accept illicit substances.