May 05, 2014 : More Than 112,500 Pills Collected During Community Disposal Event
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – New partnerships have helped make the 2014 Community Disposal Day and Drug Drop Off event held at Ohio University Lancaster one of the most successful thus far. More than 112,500 pills were collected during the four hour event held on Saturday, April 26. Last year 83,252 pills were collected.
“We completed another successful National Take Back Event on Saturday at Ohio University’s Lancaster Campus by collecting 214 pounds of narcotic and non-narcotic pills and liquids during the event,” said Sargent Mike Peters in a letter to Lancaster Police Chief David Bailey. “It should be noticed that the partnerships between Ohio University Lancaster Campus, the Lancaster Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, Lancaster Police Department and now Fairfield Medial Center combined to make a successful event even more successful and safer.”
More than 11,500 of the pills collected this year were narcotic pills. That’s up 7,000 from last year.
In addition to unused or outdated prescription medication, community members were also able to bring confidential documents to be shredded for free, as well as batteries, computer equipment, cell phones and telephone books to be recycled. About 4,440 pounds of material was shredded at the event and about 5,000 pounds of electronics was collected.
This was the fifth year for the event. It was held in the Lancaster Campus North Parking Lot. This year 341 cars drove through the drop-off center. That was up from 338 cars in 2013.
“Everyone involved did a fantastic job and should be proud of what was accomplished in one day,” said Peters.