COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Cardinal Health, Kroger and West-Ward Pharmaceuticals are working together to increase awareness of the teen prescription drug abuse epidemic through a multimedia community campaign, Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse.
The risk of prescription drug abuse can be reduced when consumers remove unused and expired medications from their homes and store the remainder safely. To ensure safe disposal, partnering organizations will once again offer Drug Disposal Day.
The next event will be on Saturday, October 22, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at ten Kroger locations:
|Kroger – Hilliard||Kroger – Westerville||Kroger – Pataskala|
|4656 Cemetery Road||55 West Schrock Road||350 East Broad Street|
|Hilliard, Ohio 43026||Westerville, Ohio 43081||Pataskala, Ohio 43062|
|Kroger – Gahanna||Kroger – Columbus||Kroger – Columbus|
|300 South Hamilton Road||1375 Chambers Road||2090 Crown Plaza|
|Gahanna, Ohio 43230||Columbus, Ohio 43212||Columbus, Ohio 43220|
|Kroger – Columbus||Kroger – Canal Winchester||Kroger – Powell|
|3637 South High Street||6095 Gender Road||3975 West Powell Road|
|Columbus, Ohio 43207||Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110||Powell, Ohio 43065|
|Kroger – Chillicothe|
|887 North Bridge St.|
|Chillicothe, Ohio 45601|
Consumers are encouraged to drive through the Kroger parking lot and drop off their medications to the Franklin County, Delaware County, Licking County and Ross County sheriff deputies. They will accept all unused and expired medications, including pills, liquids, gels, and patches. Medications will not be accepted in the store or by anyone other than a sheriff deputy.
According to statistics, one in five teens has misused or abused a prescription drug at least once. Since the Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse awareness campaign kicked off in 2011, officers have disposed of 7.76 tons of drugs collected at these events.