Cuyahoga County Rx Drug Drop Boxes collect 7,000+ pounds of unwanted, unused prescription drugs

Program to help fight heroin epidemic

CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County is continuing to fight the ongoing battle against the heroin epidemic and according to the sheriff's office the county is seeing some success.

In May 2013, the Rx Drug Drop Boxes program was started to help collect unwanted or unused prescription drugs. Boxes were placed throughout the county in police stations as well as the main lobby of the Justice Center.

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office announced the success of the program Friday.

In 2013, 3,609 pounds of prescription drugs were collected with the boxes. And, in the first five months of 2014, 4,201 pounds were collected.

"The Sheriff's Office has done a great job administering the program.  We are now working on raising the public's awareness of using the boxes as a disposal option," says Judge Matia.  "A citizen can locate the nearest box by going to the website, and entering their zip code. You can also call 2-1-1."

For locations of the boxes click here or call 2-1-1 

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