National Drug Take Back Day

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio- It’s time to turn in your unused or expired medication at this year’s National Drug Take Back Day.

Muskingum County will have two locations collecting old prescriptions. Riesbeck’s Pharmacy on June Parkway in South Zanesville and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department in Downtown. Sheriff Matt Lutz said Riesbeck’s will only be able to accept pills where as the health department will be able to accept most items.

“If somebody comes in with used needles, the hospital will take those and get rid of them for us. We also use Northside Pharmacy. They partner with us by providing help that day. We also take liquids, which a lot of the other sites don’t take,” said Lutz.

Sheriff Lutz said the drop off process is very convenient because drivers don’t even need to get out of their vehicles. He said the reason for the drug take-back program is for peoples safety.

“They pose a great risk because we have folks that get addicted and they end up committing thefts, breaking into houses to get these pills. They’re really popular to steal. They’re really popular to use. For folks to eliminate the possibility of becoming a victim themselves, it’s good to get rid of this stuff,” said Lutz.

You can drop off your prescription drugs at either location on Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. For more information go to Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department’s website.

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