Drug Take Back at The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department

Drug Take Back at The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department

by Bill Hughes on September 27, 2014

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department held its drug take back day from ten to two Saturday.

The event aimed to dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs that people no longer need. We spoke with the CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel about why they have the drug take back. He said that it’s a good way to make sure all drugs are disposed of properly.

"Environmentally this is a great way to handle it because we know that a lot of medications are now actually detectable in our water system," Carrel said. "It’s also very good just to get the potential of medications that could be used illicitly, to get high, to get them out of people’s medicine cabinets."

This is the ninth time in the past four years that the drug take back has been in Muskingum County. On average, they receive between 10 to 14 pounds of pills. The Muskingum County take back is different than other take backs in that it takes needles as well as prescription drugs.

"It’s a great event," Carrel said. "The community gets to come in and drop off their medications. [They come] in, out takes no time whatsoever."

If you missed the take back event today you can still safely dispose of your unused prescriptions at the permanent drop off at the Sheriff’s Office on 4th Street in Zanesville.