(Cleveland) - Northeast Ohio gathered more than 18,000 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs last weekend.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was held on Saturday. The Drug Enforcement Administration, in partnership with Ohio Drug Task Forces in northeast Ohio, Sheriff’s Offices, local police and fire departments, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc., and many other local organizations, held the jointly-organized “Operation: Medicine Cabinet”.

According to the DEA Cleveland Resident Office Agent in Charge Gene Corley, “The exact poundage was 18,124 pounds, and covered the following counties:  Ashland, Ashtabula, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Marion, Medina, Richland, Seneca, Stark, Summit, Wayne and Wyandot.”

If area residents missed the collection and would like to dispose of unwanted medicines, many communities have installed permanent drop boxes in local police stations. 

In Cuyahoga County, visit http://sheriff.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/RxDrugDropBoxProgram.aspx for a list of locations.

“This hugely successful collection event reduced an available source of abused prescription medicines for many of northeast Ohio’s young people.” said Nancy Pommerening, the director of Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc. “We would like to thank the residents who participated once again.

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