For Immediate Release:  November 4, 2013
Contact:  Sheriff George T. Maier, 330-430-3887

DEA DRUG TAKE BACK NETS NEARLY 2,500 POUNDS OF UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which was held on October 26th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., was sponsored by the DEA in cooperation with the Stark County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board and Stark County area law enforcement agencies. 

Sixteen (16) area law enforcement agencies participated in the Drug Take Back Day, including Waynesburg, Canton, Stark County Sheriff’s Office, Massillon, North Canton, Canal Fulton, Beach City, Jackson Township, Hartville, Perry Township, Louisville, Minerva, and Alliance Police Departments.  There were a total of fourteen (14) drop off locations in Stark County where residents were able to drop off unused prescription drugs for proper disposal.  A combined total of drugs collected in Stark County was 192 boxes with a total weight of 2,459.5 pounds.

The National Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. 

Stark County residents may dispose of unwanted prescription drugs throughout the year at drop off locations throughout the county which is sponsored by the Stark County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board and Stark County law enforcement agencies.  Locations include: 

Stark County Sheriff’s Office         4500 Atlantic Blvd., NE
Alliance Police Department           470 East Market Street
Canton Police Department            218 Cleveland Avenue, NE
Canal Fulton Police Department   1165 South Locust Street
Jackson Township Police Department  7383 Fulton Drive, NW
Louisville Police Department         1150 West Main Street
Massillon Police Department         Two James Duncan Plaza
Minerva Police Department           209 North Market Street
North Canton Police Department  145 North Main Street
Perry Township Police Department       622 Genoa Road

All pharmaceutical drugs in the form of pills, creams and liquids are accepted.  Needles and syringes are not accepted.