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Erie County installs prescription drug drop boxes

Emil Whitis • Nov 21, 2012 at 4:40 PM

On Tuesday county workers installed one drop box apiece at the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Vermilion, Huron and Sandusky police departments.

Residents with unwanted or unused medication can safely get rid of it in any of the drop boxes.

Boxes at the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Vermilion and Sandusky police departments are accessible anytime while the Huron box is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Erie County Board of Health purchased the four drop boxes for $3,000.

Erie County Health Department director of community health Sharon Schaeffer said it was money well spent.  

She pointed to rising prescription abuse rates among high school students. A 2011 survey showed 17 percent of high schoolers had abused some sort of prescription medication.

And most said they got ahold of the drugs by raiding relatives’ drug cabinets.

“Prescription drug use is where were seeing the largest increase,” Schaeffer said. “(Pain pill) addiction isn’t something intended. Many people don’t realize they’re addicted until its too late.”

Schaeffer said there also a rising prescription pill addiction rate among the elderly.

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said a deputy will collect medication from the boxes once a month. The drugs will then be taken to Toft’s Funeral home for incineration.

For more information contact the Erie County Sheriff’s Office at 419-627-7668.

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