NORTH LEWISBURG – On Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents can rid their homes of expired, unused and unwanted prescription pills by taking them to the North Lewisburg municipal building, 60 E. Maple St. No other drug items will be accepted.
This free anonymous program is open to everyone and is available thanks to the North Lewisburg Village Council, county Prosecutor’s Office, county Sheriff’s Office and county Health District.
Over 22 pounds of prescription drugs were collected in the village during last year’s program.
Authorities say such “drug take-back” programs lessen drug abuse/misuse and water pollution.
Facts to consider:
*Every day, nearly 2,500 teenagers use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.
*Ninety-six percent of unintentional deaths in Ohio are from drugs and medications.
*In Ohio, more people die from unintentional medication poisoning than from motor vehicle accidents.
*Older people are prone to accidental poisoning.
*Ohio’s rates of drug abuse and misuse are higher than the U.S. rate.
*A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anticonvulsants, mood stabilizers, hormones, acetaminophen, ibuprofen — have been found in drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.
*Pharmaceuticals permeate water tables deep underground.