Knox County, OH – On Saturday, Knox County residents joined communities across the nation to participate in National Drug Take Back Day. Locally, nearly 110 pounds of unused, unwanted and expired medications were collected at five locations. This year’s event also included the collection of liquids and needle syringes.
The Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT) coordinated the fall roundup with the assistance local law enforcement and volunteers. Armed representatives from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Fredericktown Police Department, Danville Police Department and the Mount Vernon Police Department staffed each location with the help of adults from KSAAT and youth from the Teen Advisory Council (TAC).
Collection amounts for the different locations included: 72.2 lbs. in Mount Vernon at the Knox County Health Department and Knox Community Hospital Medical Pavilion; 16.16 lbs. collected at Centerburg Foster’s Pharmacy; and 21.5 lbs. collected at the Fredericktown Police Department. Collection amounts were not available for the Danville site.
The next county-wide drug take back day will be April 25, 2020. However, local residents can always anonymously use any of the three 24/7 drop-boxes in Knox County for unwanted medications. The drop-boxes are located at the Mount Vernon Police Department, Fredericktown Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The 24/7 drop off boxes are for prescription or over-the county medications only; no liquids, inhalers, or illegal drugs should be left in these boxes. Free Deterra drug deactivation bags are also available for home disposal from KSAAT at the Knox County Health Department.
For more information, contact Tina Cockrell, KSAAT coordinator, at the Knox County Health Department, 740-392-2200, ext. 2229
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