Muskingum County Drug Takeback Day

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ZANESVILLE, Oh – The Muskingum County Sheriff and Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Departments are holding a drop-off this Saturday. April 30th, for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Partnered with the Muskingum County Health Department, Muskingum Behavioral Health, the DEA, Northside Pharmacy, and Genesis Health, they will be taking back unused or expired medicines from prescriptions to over-the-counter medications, as well as, IV solutions, injectables and needles.

Sheriff Matt Lutz says they’ve been hosting this for several years now and the event helps keep drugs that are otherwise improperly disposed of off the streets.

“We go kind of above and beyond here in Muskingum County compared to some. Most of the take back days are just the drugs itself. And it’s designed to get unused and old medication off the street, out of your medicine cabinets, out of your homes, and bring them in and have a good place to have it destroyed instead of throwing it in trash bags or flushing it down  the toilet or putting it out for your local trash.”

 The Take Back is a free and anonymous event and is as simple as pulling up to the drive-through collection location and handing your medications to one of the on-site employees. 

Sheriff Lutz says this Drop-Off is also a good way to help deter drug-related crimes such as break-ins and theft as they become increasingly more prevalent.

“We’ve had cases where we’ve had both friends and relatives in houses that go to the bathroom and go through medicine cabinets, kind of like what you see on tv. We’ve had that happen here. And they’ll look for unused medicine, old medicine. And again, if you’re not using that everyday and you forget about it being in your medicine cabinet, you don’t really even look to know that it’s missing. And a lot of people don’t keep count of their pills so you don’t know how many was in there to begin with. So just getting it off the street, out of areas where people can’t get it, can’t sell it, can’t use it and being able to dispose of it in a safe way is a huge benefit for us.”

Medications may be left in original containers but this is not required. Lutz says personal information will be cut off the containers after the collection and destroyed, while the containers will be recycled.

Illicit substances such as marijuana and methamphetamines will not be accepted. 

You can drop off your unused pills, liquids, injectables and needles at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department at 205 North 7th Street from 10 AM to 2 PM, Saturday. A secondary location at Riesbecks on June Parkway will also be open at the same time for pills-only take-backs. And if you can’t make it out to one of these locations, unused or expired pills can be turned in for safe disposal, year-round at the Muskingum County Jail.


Maggie Warren
Maggie was born and raised in Speedway, Indiana where she developed her love and passion for weather, IndyCar and F1, hockey, and baseball, especially the Detroit Red Wings and the Cincinnati Reds. When she's not at work, she enjoys binge-watching her favorite tv shows, writing, hiking, and doing pretty much any outdoor activity! Maggie graduated from Ball State University, where she majored in meteorology/climatology, in Fall 2020. While at Ball State, she was a member of the Storm Chase Team and Cardinal Weather Service. She is also a member of the American Meteorological Society. She loves exploring new places, so if you have any recommendations of places she should visit, let her know! And if you see her around town, don't be shy, say hi!