Medicines Safely Collected On Drug Take Back Day

Posted May 01, 2018

"The opioid crisis is huge where I'm from and that's why I wanted to do this, to try and help", said Foos.

If you couldn't drop off your drugs Saturday, the sheriff's office will take them during regular business hours at the Law Enforcement Center in Traverse City.

The take back initiative only accepts pills and patches that are expired or unused; no needles or inhalers were taken.

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Several agencies around the region including Bristol, and Kingsport also held drug take back day events.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 115 people everyday in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.

Across the nation, last year's event collected more than 912 thousand pounds of drugs, keeping them out of the hands of wrongful users. If a collection site is not available nearby, residents are encouraged to check back frequently, as new sites are added every day.

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The medication drop boxes are open Monday through Friday.

There are 13 locations throughout Erie County that contain prescription drop-off boxes, including the Erie and Wesleyville Police Departments as well as Mercyhurst University's Police Department at the main and North East campuses.

For some people, having the drugs in the house is a risk they don't want to take. NJCR offers a series of programs statewide, including free family education workshops and insurance navigation community workshops.

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