Nationwide Childrens Hospital Hosts Pill Disposal Day; November 13

November 1, 2010

To help keep our community safe from prescription drug abuse, misuse and potential poisonings, the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital is hosting Pill Disposal Day on November 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Outpatient Care Center loop (555 S. 18th St.).

This event is open to the community and allows participants the chance to bring their expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter pills to the hospital. Law enforcement officers will dispose of them in a safe, legal and environmentally conscious manner.

According to the Ohio Department of Health and the Drug Enforcement Administration, 63 percent of teenagers believe that prescription drugs are easy to get from friends’ and family’s medicine cabinets. Not only do teenagers believe these drugs are easier to get their hands on, roughly 2,500 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high for the first time everyday.

Participants can only bring pills. We do not accept liquids, liquid-filled capsules, patches or syringes.

For more information, visit www.americanmedicinechest.com.

The Central Ohio Poison Center is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week and staffed with pharmacists and nurses specially-trained in poison treatment. Call the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at 1-800-222-1222 if your child swallows something suspicious or potentially harmful.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.