Area Drug Take-Back events scheduled Saturday

By AMBER GINTER

Southern Ohio Today


To combat the high number of overdoses in Southern Ohio, communities can help by participating in local drug take-back events to reduce the number of old, expired, or unused medications discovered and then sold on the streets.


In Chillicothe, the Scioto Valley Realtors is one company working to tackle the problem.


According to Sandra Green, the 2020 President of Scioto Valley Realtors, the 2020 U.S. DEA National Drug Take-Back Event for Chillicothe will occur on Saturday, Oct. 24. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 28 N. Paint Street.


Although this event typically occurs twice a year (April and October), the October date will be the first for this year.


Regardless of county, Green believes that all should strive to get involved and stay involved throughout a year.


"We are an association comprised of four counties - Ross, Pike, Vinton, and Jackson. While our first effort in July 2019 at Central Center was scorching, we collected a full garbage bag of prescription pills,” Green said. “With police and sheriff departments' assistance, the Mayor's office, and Facebook postings, the message got out to the community. Since this first effort, we've expanded our 2020 plan to include all four counties."


Since this addition, the 2020 Drug-Take Back event will also offer drop-off sites besides the Chillicothe venue at the following locations (also on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.):


Jackson County - 601 E Main St, Jackson

Pike County - 217 E. Emmitt Ave, Waverly

Ross County - 28 N Paint St, Chillicothe

Vinton County - 645 W Main St, McArthur


In coordination with Ohio Realtors and the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance, this event will inform students, parents, and families about drug abuse and how to recognize it.


"We will be giving out Deterra bags (kits that deactivate drugs) to those that stop by to take home to help dispose of any drugs and unfinished prescriptions," Green said.


Although 2020 has primarily focused on the spread of COVID-19, Green said drug use and abuse continues.

"While we are concentrating on COVID-19, drug abuse and drug-related deaths are rising in the background,” Green said. “Education is imperative to arm our children and assist parents and the community."


Scioto Valley Realtors’ goal is to inform and remove as many unused drugs out of the community with the assistance of community leaders and law enforcement.