Lancaster – More cars drove through the 2013 Community Disposal Day and Drug Drop Off event at Ohio University Lancaster than 2012. When this year's event was held in late April, 338 cars participated. The total for 2013 was 312 cars.
Community members could bring confidential documents to be shredded for free. They could also drop off unused or outdated prescription medication. Batteries, computer equipment, cell phones and telephone books could also be recycled.
"On Saturday, April 27, 2013 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the Lancaster Police Department, with the Lancaster Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, Lancaster High School Criminal Science program and Ohio University Lancaster successfully completed another 'National Take Back Prescription Drug Event,'" said Lancaster Police Sergeant Mike Peters in a letter to Police Chief Dave Bailey. "Without these partnerships, this event would not be possible or nearly as successful."
On the drug collection front, 83,252 pills were collected this year; 70 pounds of liquids were turned in. Narcotics comprised 5.5% of the pills collected; 950 narcotic patches were collected.
E-waste is items such as computer monitors, cell phones and batteries; 8,400 pounds of e-waste was turned in. One hundred pounds of cardboard was dropped off, and 3,030 pounds of documents were shredded.
This was the fourth year for the event. It is held in the Lancaster Campus North Parking Lot.