Dispose Of Unwanted Medications

by Mackenzie Stasko on October 23, 2013 at 7:05 am

Need to get rid of your expired prescription drugs?

In partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department will be collecting expired prescriptions or any other medications you no longer need. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says trying to dispose of medication on your own not only can be harmful on the environment, but can also create other problems.

"A lot of times we’ll talk to people that had a family member die that no longer needs the medication and ya know we’ve had a lot of thefts in the past about people breaking into homes looking for unused medication," said Sheriff Lutz. "So any kind of prescription pills that is not needed now is what we’re focused on."

Lutz said thanks to their partnership with Northside Pharmacies and Genesis Heathcare Systems, they will also be collecting liquid medication and sharps, which include needles and other injectables. He said illicit drugs like marijuana and methamphetamine will not be accepted. The process is easy, with no questions asked.

"You literally are in your car and you drive up and we have people come over to your car, you hand us a sack, we take it and dispose of it. There’s nothing to fill out, you’re not there waiting on anything. It’s as simple and as quick as you can pull into the lot and leave."

You can swing by the Zanesville-Muskingum County Heath Department located on 7th Street in Zanesville to drop off your unwanted medication from 10 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 rain or shine.