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Riesbecks holds drug take-back day

Updated: Saturday, April 26 2014, 07:03 PM EDT

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio - Saturday, at six Riesbeck's locations, a pill abuse prevention program was held as residents were allowed to drop off their unwanted prescription drugs.
 
“We've had close to about 100 people today and were only an hour and a half into it,” Art Fowler Jr. of the Wintersville Police Department said. “By getting the pills off the street and out of the addict’s hands, we are getting the pills off the street right off the bat.”
 
Bottles, packets and bags full of unwanted pills were all dropped off at the locations, some weighing as much as 10 pounds.
 
Boxes of expired Tylenol were given to the Fowler the day before to dispose of on top of what was being brought in.
 
"If they are in a pill bottle we just dump them out but if they are in a blister packs w have to take them out and put them in the bag,” Fowler said.
 
A box makes this system anonymous and once drugs are dropped off, residents are free to go.
 
“If you bring in a prescription pill bottle with your name on it we dispose of it in regards to HIPPA regulations,” Fowler said.
 
Stacey Williams from Reisbeck's said getting these pills out of homes that don't need them is what makes this worthwhile. 
 
“What we have here pill bottles magnets and stickers if little kids come by,” Williams said.
 
In the past seven take back events the DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds of prescription medication. The DEA can’t accept any liquids or needles just pills and patches.

Riesbecks holds drug take-back day


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