Safe Medication Storage and Disposal
Lorain County, Ohio

This data dashboard was last updated on 10/7/2020.
This data dashboard is updated on a monthly basis.

The Facts

1. Every nine minutes in America, a child goes to the emergency department due to accidental medication poisoning.

2. In 2016, more than 27,000 people - 76 a day - died of overdoses involving prescription medications.

3. An estimated 6 million people aged 12 or older misused prescription drugs in the past month.

4. Approximately 1.7 million Americans met criteria for prescription opioid use disorder in 2017.

5. Each day more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misuse of opioids. 

6. In 2017, 16.5% of twelfth graders used a prescription drug without a prescription. 

7. Over 70% of patients reported that their prescription opioids were not stored in secured containers.

8. In 2017, an estimated 767,000 adolescents reported misusing pain relievers. 

Safe Medication Storage

The figures below shows the number of Medication Safe Data Postcards that were received. In total, 1136 data postcards were received for 3,068 safes distributed or 37%.

"MHARS Board" refers to a walk-in to the MHARS Board from a member in the community. 

Code Categories were determined to separate post-cards into specific groups/agencies. Agencies/providers include the following: Road to Hope, Mercy Occupational Nurses, Ohio Guidestone, Alha House, Firelands Counseling, NORA, Elyria Treatment Center, The LCADA Way, Young People in Recovery, Genesis House, Recovery 1 and PATH of Lorain County. Community Events refer to events conducted/attended by the MHARS board to address addiction/substance use. MHARS Board Walk-In/Groups refers to walk-ins to the MHARS office or groups like the Community Engagement group that the MHARS board conducts. Miscellaneous is a category for any event that was not included in the above code categories and are the following: THRIVE meeting, Kinship Program, BJCB, Executive Committee, WHy Life Sucks Seminar and LMJ. Neighborhood/Community outreach is connections with neighborhood programs/alliances and includes the Riverview Residential Council Meeting and Neighborhood Alliance. Social Outreach refers to connections via personal/online indirect sources and includes the following: Advertisement, flyer, newspaper, mail, Facebook, Friend/family, Employer/co-worker and doctor. 

Type of Medication(s) Individuals Plan to Store in Medication Safe

The figures below show the categories of medications that individuals indicated would be stored in the medication safe.

Home Zip Code of Individual Receiving a Medication Safe

The figure below shows the home Zip Code reported by individual receiving the medication safe.

Safe Medication Disposal

Four Ways to Dispose of Your Old and Unused Prescription Drugs

Toss Them

1. Order a kit to properly dispose of you medications at home. Visit RxDisposal for more information.

2. Mix (don't crush) your old and unused medication with cat litter or unused coffee grounds. Put this mixture into a sealed container, such as a plastic bag or a coffee can, and throw it away. Not all medications can be disposed of using this method. To see if this method is appropriate, call the FDA at their toll-free number: (855) 543-3783.

Drop Them

3. Visit or call your local pharmacy to see if it has a take back program. 

4. Find a take back location near you by visiting the DEA's website.

Medication Drop Boxes in Lorain County

1. Drop off medications - Prescription or over-the-counter (pills only)


2. Open 24/7


3. No questions asked


4. Please remove all labels from medications

1. Amherst Police Department: 911 North Lake St., Amherst 440.9882625

2. Avon police Department: 36145 Detroit Rd., Avon 440.934.1234

3.  Avon Lake Police Department: 32855 Walker Rd., Avon Lake 440.933.4567

4. Elyria Police Department: 18 West Ave., Elyria 440.323.3302

5. Grafton Police Department: 1009 Chestnut St., Grafton 440.926.2261

6. LaGrange Police Department: 355 S. Center St., LaGrange 440.355.4469

7. Lorain Police Department: 100 W. Erie Ave., Lorain 440.204.2100

8. North Ridgeville Police Department: 7307 Avon Belden Rd., North Ridgeville 440.327.2191

9. Oberlin Police Department: 85 S. Main St., Oberlin 440.774.1061

10. Sheffield Lake Police Department: 609 Harris Rd., Sheffield Lake 440.949.7131

11. Sheffield Village Police Department: 4340 Colorado Ave., Sheffield Village 440.949.6155

12. Vermilion Police Department: 5791 Liberty Ave., Vermilion 440.967.6116

13. Wellington Police Department: 117 Willard Memorial Sq., Wellington 440.647.2244

14. The Lorain County Sheriff's Office: 9896 Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria 440.329.3703 (7:00 am - 11:00 pm)

15. Cleveland Clinic Ambulatory Pharmacy: 33100 Cleveland Clinic Blvd., Avon 440.695.4100 ( Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm)

The figure shows the number of Medication Disposal Pouch Data Postcards that were received. In total, 1250 data postcards were received for 6,000 disposal pouches distributed, 20.8%.

Code Categories were determined to separate post-cards into specific groups/agencies. Agencies/providers include the following: Road to Hope, Mercy Occupational Nurses, Ohio Guidestone, Alha House, Firelands Counseling, NORA, Elyria Treatment Center, The LCADA Way, Young People in Recovery, Genesis House, Recovery 1 and PATH of Lorain County. Community Events refer to events conducted/attended by the MHARS board to address addiction/substance use. MHARS Board Walk-In/Groups refers to walk-ins to the MHARS office or groups like the Community Engagement group that the MHARS board conducts. Miscellaneous is a category for any event that was not included in the above code categories and are the following: THRIVE meeting, Kinship Program, BJCB, Executive Committee, WHy Life Sucks Seminar and LMJ. Neighborhood/Community outreach is connections with neighborhood programs/alliances and includes the Riverview Residential Council Meeting and Neighborhood Alliance. Social Outreach refers to connections via personal/online indirect sources and includes the following: Advertisement, flyer, newspaper, mail, Facebook, Friend/family, Employer/co-worker and doctor. 

Type of Medication(s) Individuals Plan to Dispose of

The figures below show the categories of medications that individuals indicated would be stored in the medication safe.

Home Zip Code of Individual Receiving a Medication Disposal System Pouch

The figure below shows the home Zip Code reported by individual receiving the medication disposal system pouch.

For Any Questions Or Comments Related To This Report

Sarah Reinhold, MPH | Project Manager/Evaluator
Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services Board of Lorain County
sreinhold@mharslc.org | 440-282-9920

Supported by

The data dashboards and medication safes are supported through the Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services Board of Lorain County via Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Award #SP 080284 First Response - Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Cooperation Agreement.

The medication disposal system pouches are supported through the Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services Board of Lorain County via donation from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

About the Data

Data in this report is retrieved via five point questionnaire answered by the recipient of the medication safe and/or medication disposal system pouch.