Fentanyl, morphine collected at Delaware County drug take-back day

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A steady stream of people stopped by a booth set up in Powell to drop off unwanted medication and needles, despite cold and rainy weather.

As a part of National Drug Take Back Day, the Delaware County Sheriff set up a booth in Powell Kroger’s parking lot.

According to Tracy Whited, sheriff department’s PIO, one visitor dropped off about 5,000 sharps — needles used for insulin injections and finger prick sticks.

“We collected a lot of pain meds,” Whited said. Including “…bottles of liquid morphine; of which one bottle could kill a child if ingested.”

Another visitor dropped off “several dozen packets of Fentanyl patches.”

It’s important to get unused drugs out of the home and into a safe place for disposal. Whited pointed to a 2017 survey of Delaware County teens in which 70% of those who admitted abusing prescription medicines said they obtained those drugs from family and friends’ medicine cabinets.

If you missed Saturday’s drug take back day, you can still drop off unused drugs at the following locations:

  • Delaware County Jail – 844 US 42 N., Delaware, OH 43015
  • Delaware City Police Dept – 70 N. Union St., Delaware, OH 43015
  • Genoa Township Police Dept – 7049 Big Walnut Rd., Galena, OH 43021
  • Shawnee Hills Police Dept – 40 W. Reindeer Dr., Shawnee Hills, OH 43065
  • Sunbury Police Dept – 9 E. Granville St., Sunbury, OH 43074

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