Ashtabula County Prevention Coalition

Local agencies have worked hard to obtain grants and other sources of funding to provide our communities with a safe way to dispose of their unused medication.
Returning your unwanted medicines to a take-back program is the safest and most environmentally protective way to dispose of unused medication.

4817 State Rd. Suite 203
Ashtabula, Oh 44004
Phone: (440)992-3121
Fax: (440)992-2761

This Brochure was developed, in part, under
Grant # SPO 20528 from the Office of Nation Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The views, opinions, and content of this publication are those of the authors and contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions and policies of ONDCP, SAMHSA, or HHS, and should not be construed as such.

Fact:  Throwing medicines in the garbage is not safe - especially for narcotics and other highly addictive and dangerous drugs - because the drugs can be found and used by others, even if they are mixed with undesirable materials like coffee grounds or kitty litter. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the county. Prevent drug theft and abuse by using a medicine take-back program to dispose of your unwanted medicines.  
Fact:  Crushing pills to disguise them before disposal is difficult and dangerous and puts the handler at risk of exposure to the drug through skin contact or by breathing in the dust.  Many medications are designed to release in the body over time, and crushing pills can release a dangerously high dose. The pill dust may endanger other family members and pets in the home, and some medications can be especially harmful to children and women of childbearing age.
Fact:  Throwing unwanted medicines in the household trash does not ensure that curious kids can’t get at them. There’s an epidemic of accidental poisonings from medicines in our homes - and children are the most common victims. Also, pets and animals are not deterred by kitty litter or other substances when getting into the trash and can potentially ingest the unused medicines.  Human medications are the leading cause of pet poisonings, most often from trash-related toxic exposures.
Fact:  Modern landfills are well-designed, safe, and handle standard household waste well.  However, medicines are a special type of hazardous chemical that we need to keep out of our solid waste system and landfills to prevent harm to people and the environment.  Drugs can be very toxic for people and wildlife, even in low doses.

Items placed in the Drop-Boxes should have their labels removed or blackened out with permanent marker.
Medications should be placed inside a closed container or baggie, (preferably the original container) and then placed inside the drop-box.

Andover Village Hall
134 Maple Street
Andover, Oh 44003
Open Monday- Friday 8am-4:30pm
(drop box is located inside)
Ashtabula City Police Department
110 W. 44th St. #1
Ashtabula, Oh 44004
OPEN 24/7
(drop box is located inside)
Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office
25 West Jefferson Street
Jefferson, Oh 44047
Open Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm
(drop box is located inside)
Conneaut Police Department
294 Main Street
Conneaut, Oh 44030
OPEN 24/7
(drop box is located inside)
Northwest Ambulance District
1480 South Broadway
Geneva, Oh 44041
OPEN 24/7
(drop box is located outside)
Orwell Village Hall
179 W. Main St.
Orwell, Oh 44076
OPEN Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9am-3pm
(drop box is located inside)