Nearly 2.5 tons of drugs turned in as part of Drug Take Back Day

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Records were broken at Saturday’s drug disposal event held at several Krogers in central Ohio.

More than 4,940 pounds of unused and expired medications were collected at nine different locations this weekend, according to Jeff Steckman, Managed Care Sales Coordinator with Kroger Pharmacy. He said that amounts to more than 6 million tablets; the most collected since 2011.

Hundreds of participants across Franklin, Delaware and Licking counties and surrounding areas dropped off expired medications, including pills, liquids, gels and patches in an effort to remove unused and expired medications from their homes to lower the risk of drug abuse.

The event, hosted by NBC4 and West-Ward Pharmaceuticals in conjunction with Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Licking County Sheriff’s Office and Kroger, aims to increase awareness of the teen prescription drug abuse epidemic through a multimedia community campaign, Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse.

According to statistics, one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription drug at least once, which is a 33 percent increase over the past five years. Since the Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse awareness campaign kicked off in 2011, Franklin County Sheriff officers have disposed of 5.29 tons of drugs collected at these events to date. To learn more, click here.

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