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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, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building and the 25 acres of green space around it are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.

MetroHealth broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40% and its number of employees by 21%. Today, its staff of 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75% of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

The health system 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 teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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