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MetroHealth Participates in Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Prescription Drop-Off Boxes Also Available 365 Days/Year

Cleveland - Old or unused prescriptions can be dangerous if they go unsecured and fall into the wrong hands. According to a 2018 survey, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, the majority of which were obtained from family and friends. That’s why MetroHealth supports National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and provides drug drop-off boxes every day of the year at two locations.

On October 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., unused prescription medications can be discarded in the drug drop-off boxes at the MetroHealth Outpatient Plaza (near the pharmacy), across from the main campus, 2500 MetroHealth Drive, Cleveland (pills only, no needles or liquids.) Visitors can pull over in front of the building and MetroHealth officers will assist with the drop-off. Parking is also free in the visitor lots for the first hour.

In addition, drug-disposal boxes are available year-round at the MetroHealth medical centers at 10 Severance Circle, Cleveland Heights and 12301 Snow Road, Parma.

WHAT: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020

TIME: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

WHERE: MetroHealth Outpatient Plaza (near the pharmacy) across the street from the Main Hospital, 2500 MetroHealth Drive, Cleveland, Ohio.

To learn more about MetroHealth’s unique program that pairs social workers with police officers to help opioid overdose survivors, click here. For more information about MetroHealth’s Office of Opioid Safety, click here.

About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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