Cleveland Clinic Sponsors Medication Disposal Day

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Consumers Can Drop Off Unused or Expired Medications at Four East Side Locations

February 16, 2011

Cleveland Clinic’s Protective Services Department is sponsoring a Medication Disposal Day Wednesday, February 16, at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus to enable employees, patients, visitors and the public to safely dispose of unused or expired medications and narcotics with no questions asked.

Walk-up drop-off sites will be open at the following times and locations on main campus.

  • JJ South tunnel level, located at E. 93rd Street and Euclid Avenue, 6-9 a.m.
  • East 100th Street Hospital Skyway, located at E. 100th Street and Carnegie Avenue, 6-9 a.m.
  • East 89th Street Parking Garage lobby, located at E. 89th Street and Carnegie Avenue, 6-9 a.m.
  • Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute lobby, located at E. 96th and Euclid Avenue, 9 a.m.-noon.

“If people keep unused or expired medications it can lead to medication abuse or misuse,” said Thomas Lynch, Director - Protective Operations of Cleveland Clinic’s Protective Services Department. “Prevention is the key. If these medications are disposed of properly they won’t fall into the wrong hands.”

Important Facts About Medication Abuse

  • In Ohio, more people die from unintentional medication poisoning than from motor vehicle crashes and suicide, according to the Ohio Chapter of National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators.
  • Everyday, 2,500 teenagers use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.
  • 26.5% of high school students reported using a prescription drug without a prescription, according to the Ohio Chapter of National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators.

“If a prescription was changed or there was leftover medication that exceeded a person’s needs, this is a great opportunity to dispose of the medication responsibly,” Lynch said. “We’re making it easy with a drop-off collection process and we won’t ask any questions.”

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 7,600 nurses at Cleveland Clinic represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates nine regional hospitals in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas and Cleveland Clinic Canada. In 2008, there were more than 4.2 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 165,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries. Visit Cleveland Clinic at clevelandclinic.org.

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