Get free opiate-deactivating Deterra bags from Mentor Public Library

People can dispose of their old and unwanted prescription medication using the free Deterra bags available at Mentor Public Library.

People can dispose of their old and unwanted prescription medication using the free Deterra bags available at Mentor Public Library.

Have old or unwanted medications in your house? Get rid of them safely — and for free — using Deterra bags, which you can get at any of our branches.

It could be a lifesaver.

Deterra bags have a deactivation system that will make old and unwanted medications nontoxic, so they can be disposed of in an environmentally safe way. People can then throw out medicines like oxycodone or fentanyl that might otherwise be abused.

The opiate epidemic that has rattled our country is far from over. More than 42,000 people fatally overdosed on opiates in 2016 alone, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

And 80 percent of heroin addicts start by misusing prescriptions, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Those prescriptions are often found in the medicine cabinet of a friend or relative.

So getting rid of your medication is not just a matter of cleanliness. It could save the life of a loved one.

The Deterra bags are available at the circulation desks of each of our branches. You can get one today.

If you’d rather not use Deterra bags, for whatever reason, we encourage you to take your unwanted and expired medication to any of the approved Pharmaceutical Collection dropoff locations in Lake County.

One final note: We’d like to thank the sponsors who are supporting this program. The Deterra bags were purchased with grants from the Junior Women’s Club of Mentor, Mentor Rotary Club and Friends of the Mentor Public Library.

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