The Solon Police Department and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc., Parent to Parent Network and Cleveland Clinic’s Solon Medical Campus conducted the second Drug Take-Back Day at the Solon Senior Center on April 30, 2011. Citizens were invited to confidentially drop off unused or expired prescription medications (after removing prescription labels), including inhalers, over-the-counter medications and other drugs. Prescription bottles with labels were to be shredded. All collected medications were to be held by Solon’s law enforcement officers until they are destroyed by the DEA. Americans participating in the DEA’s second National Prescription Drug Take-Back in 2011 turned in more than 376,593 pounds (188 tons) of unwanted or expired medications at the 5,361 take-back sites in 50 states. This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds (121 tons) the public brought in 2010. According to Lt. Bruce Felton of Solon Police Department and Jill Frankel, Director of Solon Senior Center, Solon’s take-back site collected 118 lbs. An estimated 86 individuals dropped off unwanted prescription medication. It has been reported that
- Teenage prescription drug abuse is increasing and the family’s medicine cabinet could become a teenager’s best supplier.
- Every day, 2,500 teenagers use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.
- 96% of unintentional poisoning deaths in Ohio are due to drugs and medications.
- Improper disposal, for instance by flushing pills down the toilet, can pollute the environment