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October 28, 2017

 

Medication Take Back Day organizers report that Marion County’s fifteenth semiannual collection was a success in spite of the season’s first snow and a change in location. 163 vehicles drove through Evers Arena at the Marion County Fairgrounds, along with two walk-ins, discarding 228 pounds of unused pills, liquids, syringes, and lancets for safe, confidential, environmentally-friendly disposal. 

Sheriff Deputy Larry Yoder reached out to Marion County Fair Board Manager Cindy Wood to arrange a convenient set-up for drivers while keeping workers and volunteers out of the elements. Drop-off organizers hope to keep this change in venue permanent. 

Ten MARMET officers handled discarded medication on Saturday, with three pharmacy students from Ohio Northern University, OhioHealth pharmacy resident Charlie Christie, and pharmacy technician Karen Hawk on hand to identify specific controlled substances. Ohio Health Pharmacist Dan Sheridan, one of the original Medication Disposal Day organizers from 2010, praised citizens who drop off their medications at this event for “taking action to make our community safer.”

Saturday’s collection netted 174 Hydrocodone, Oxydodone, Gabapentin, and Tramadol pills. Others not individually tallied include Fentanyl, Adderall, Morphine, and Percocet. 

“We know that these medications are frequently abused, and that’s why medication disposal is so important,” according to ADAMH Board Executive Director Brad DeCamp. “Medication disposal is one of the most simple, yet most powerful things a community can to prevent prescription drug abuse.”  

Aqua Ohio, another Medication Disposal Day co-sponsor, reminds residents that flushing no longer recommended for medication disposal. Permanent medication drop-off sites are located at the Marion City Police Department (233 West Center Street) and Marion County Sheriff’s Office (889 Marion Williamsport Road East), as well as Walgreen Pharmacy (1321 Delaware Avenue, near Barks Road).

Angela Carbetta, Marion County Recycling & Litter Prevention Director, was especially pleased with the amount of recyclable materials handled at the event, reporting that Marca Industries processed approximately 2,700 pounds of paper and four 90-gallon containers full of medication bottles.  

“We also managed to salvage two pick-up truck loads of cardboard,” Carbetta added, noting that information on all prescription bottles and documents have been destroyed in compliance with HIPPA regulations. 

Chief Deputy Aaron Corwin reminds citizens that they can anonymously report suspicious behavior by calling the Crime Tip Line at 740-375-TIPS (740-375-8477), and to call 911 right away if a person is unresponsive. “Fentanyl is often mixed with other commonly abused drugs, resulting in increased deaths,” Corwin added.  

Communities across the country participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Take Back Day. Getting unused prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs out of medicine cabinets helps reduce drug-related crime and the potential for addiction, drug abuse, and overdose deaths. 

Individuals interested in learning more about resources for addiction treatment in Marion County can contact the ADAMH Board at 740-387-8531.

Sheriff Bailey is pleased to announce the expansion of the Senior Watch program that has been active in the Village of Prospect for several months now.  The program will now be expanded to the whole county so that Marion County’s elderly and special needs population can be better protected.

The aging and the elderly are a valuable segment of our community in Marion County. Many seniors manage just fine without any outside assistance due to not having underlying health issues or by having strong family support. However, many seniors and those with special needs live alone with little to no assistance. Some struggle with day-to-day activities, managing medications or simply not having regular contact with other people who can check on their health and welfare.

Senior Watch is designed for seniors who enroll in the program to have a deputy sheriff check in on them on a regular basis to make sure that their basic needs are being met.  Beyond that, visits are important because for some seniors this is the only interaction they have with other people. A visit can help the senior stay connected, feel less lonely and can help ward off any depression, social isolation or stress.  Visits can also help prevent elder abuse or self-neglect, if they are having trouble caring for themselves - whether the issue is declining cognition, health or mobility. Lastly, visits are a chance to check up on their happiness and health, and make sure nothing has changed to cause a concern since the last visit.

A prospective client, a neighbor or a family member can fill out an application for someone in need but the senior has to want to participate and welcome the visits. The application asks for pertinent information and special needs the client might have. Once the application is forwarded to the sheriff’s office, it will be entered in our database and a visitation schedule would be set for the client. Social service agencies may also be contacted if a client has a special need not being met.

As part of the application process, a safety evaluation of the client’s home can be completed by a sheriff’s deputy. This will help determine any safety concerns or any special requirements needed at the residence to reduce seniors being victims of crime.

The Senior Watch application and pamphlet are available by clicking on the links below.  Program pamphlets and applications will also be available in village municipal offices around the county.

To view the Senior Watch informational pamphlet, click here: 
Senior Watch Pamphlet

Download the Senior Watch application here: 
Senior Watch Application

 

 

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