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You could be a drug dealer and not even know it. Most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends.
That's why it's important to clean out your medicine cabinet. The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is teaming up with the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office to organize a prescription drug take back day. Health Commissioner Corey Hamilton said the event is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's national initiative.
"Residents of Muskingum County can drive through and drop off anything that they're not using in their medicine cabinet, whether it's an old prescription drug or something that is outdated," said Hamilton. "A lot of people bring us old cough syrup and some of the diabetics in our community bring us old needles that they've been collecting."
Hamilton said the labels are removed to prevent identity theft and the drugs are properly disposed of.
"When you throw it in your trash, it's probably going to end up in a landfill," said Hamilton. "If it ends up in a landfill, there's a potential that once the medication breaks down, it could get into the groundwater. If it gets into the groundwater, then it could get into drinking water."
The prescription drug take back day is on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the health department. If you can't make it this weekend, the Muskingum County Jail serves as the permanent drop off site.