Drug take-back rounds up pills
HUNTINGTON — Hundreds of pounds of unused prescription drugs were turned in to authorities in Huntington, Ironton and Ashland Saturday as part of a national Drug Take Back Day event.
“It hasn’t been real busy, but it’s been steady,” said Patrolman Adam Ankrom, a Huntington policemen watching over the take back activities at the Ebenezer Medical Outreach center in Huntington. “I think this is a good thing. It’s best to dispose of these things in the right way.”
Jane Maynard was among those dropping off some unwanted prescription drugs at Ebenezer Saturday afternoon. “I’ve done this two or three times before,” she said. “It’s pretty easy.”
“We want to encourage the safe disposal of these drugs,” said Lynn Ormiston of the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership. The group works with local law enforcement and local schools, as well as providing volunteers for drug take back events.
“Participating in these events is a lot better than flushing them down the toilet where they end up in the water system,” Ormiston said. “This event gets the pills out of the home where they can be stolen. A lot of abusers get pills from home or a friend’s home.”
“I’ve been with the group for several years,” she said. “This is a good opportunity to do prevention in a community setting. This is a national event. We have sites in Cabell County today.”
The city of Ashland collected about 100 pounds of pills at the Ashland Police Department and King’s Daughters Medical Center, said Major Todd Kelley of the Ashland Police Department.
“Apparently, people are paying attention to this,” Kelley said. “100 pounds is a lot. I’m happy with the way it went. We’re planning another one of these in the fall.”
Moving the Drug Take Back event in Lawrence County from South Point to Ironton appears to be paying off, said Dan Palmer, director of the Lawrence-Scioto Joint Solid Waste District.
“We had 52 cars and about 60 pounds of pills and 37 pounds of sharps (needles),” Palmer said after the event at the Hills Shopping Plaza off U.S. 52 and Ohio 93. Ironton Urgent Care at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital provided containers to dispose of the needles turned in, he said.
“We had a wide variety of pills,” Palmer said. “We’re very pleased with it. We only collected 35 to 40 pounds of pills last year.” Sheriff Jeff Lawless moved the event to Ironton last year.
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