By WAYNE ALLEN
PDT Staff Writer
The totals are in from the Scioto County Drug Take Back event on Friday, and this year’s numbers are considerable higher than last year.
The Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District sponsored the collection and took in 97 pounds of pills and 79 pounds of liquid medications for a total of 176 pounds of medications.
“We’re well pleased with how the event turned out,” said Dan Palmer, director of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District.
Palmer said there were 49 vehicles on Friday that dropped off 97 pounds of pills, one large garbage bag of liquid medications, which was 79 pounds and one large bag of sharps/syringes.
In contract, Palmer said, 66 vehicles dropped off unwanted pharmaceuticals in 2011, which resulted in 55 pounds of pills, two large bags of liquid medicines and two containers of sharps or syringes.
“I think the weather had a lot to do with the success of this year’s event,” Palmer said.
Some of the pills collected at this year’s event included morphine, hydrocodone, Fluoxetine, Lorazepam, Celebrex, Fentanyl, Singulair, Omeprazole and many others.
Palmer said the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office estimates the street value of what was collected at more than $100,000.
“We did all of this in four hours,” Palmer said.
He said the next opportunity people will have to properly dispose of unwanted medications is at the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29.
For more information about the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District, call 888-565-7888 or visit www.lsswmd.org.
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 208, or email@example.com.