Lucas County touts drug take back day, awareness for growing epidemic

      An annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held Saturday, April 26 in Lucas County.

      Lucas County Commissioners and the Lucas County Sheriff's Office are taking the fight to prescription drug abuse.

      On Tuesday, commissioners designated May as Prescription Abuse Awareness and Education Month in Lucas County.

      The measure is just one of several intiatives being taken by the county to battle what authorities are calling a growing epidemic.

      "More than 100 people die every day from prescription drug addiction in the United States," according to a release from commissioners. "Prescription drug abuse can have ravaging effects on families and inflict a costly toll on the public safety of a community as it often leads to increased use of illegal street drugs."

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      An annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held Saturday, April 26 at the following locations within the county:

      Ottawa Hills Police DepartmentProvidence Township Fire and RescueVillage of Whitehouse Fire DepartmentSpringfield Township Fire Station #3ProMedica St. Luke's Hospital Entrance #3City of Sylvania PoliceSylvania Township PoliceWashington Township Fire DepartmentLucas County Health DepartmentUniversity of Toledo Medical Center ER LobbyVillage of Waterville Fire DepartmentOregon Police GarageMonclova Township Fire Department

      The Take Back Initiative will be held at the locations above on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Residents are encouraged to drop off their unused and unwanted pills and medications in an effort to combat prescription drug abuse.