Got some old prescription painkillers left over from your visit to the dentist?
Maybe you should get rid of them before an addict finds them.
Health officials in Huron County are encouraging local residents to celebrate National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday by discarding old prescription drugs in their households.
Painkiller abuse has become a problem in Huron County as well as everywhere else. A 2011 community survey showed 21 percent of Huron County’s young people used medications from somebody else’s prescription, or they took more drugs than were prescribed so they could get high.
Even if you don’t have anything as obviously potentially dangerous as prescription painkillers, it’s a good idea to get rid of unused drugs in the proper way, said Carrie Himmelman, health education coordinator for the health department.
Drugs that are flushed down the toilet pollute the water supply, she said.
Mercy Willard Hospital is holding a special drive-through event to collect prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the hospital parking lot; just drive up and hand them over through your car window.
The Norwalk Police Department accepts drugs in a drop off box inside the police station. You can also get rid of them by handing them over the counter at the New London Police Department.
Erie County has drop boxes at three locations: Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Huron Police Department and Vermilion Police Department, said Lisa Beursken, coordinator for the Erie County Solid Waste Management District.
Ottawa County residents can drop off drugs at the following police stations: Port Clinton, Danbury Township, Oak Harbor and Genoa, said Amy Drummer, assistant director of the OSS Solid Waste District.
In Sandusky County, go to the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office or the police stations in Bellevue, Clyde, Fremont or Woodville. Old drugs also can be dropped off at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and the Tiffin police station.