Pharmacy Services

Saturday, October 23rd is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at University Hospitals – Find a Collection Site Near You

This year’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in October 2021 marks University Hospitals’ first system-wide participation in the event. Select University Hospitals locations will host booths where patients can bring medications for proper disposal. An ambulatory care pharmacist and a law enforcement officer will staff each booth. Law enforcement will be responsible for taking and discarding collected medications. The pharmacist will be present to discuss methods of drug disposal when take-back events are not available and to answer any general medication-related questions.

When: Saturday, October 23rd, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Bring unused and expired medications to any of 8 approved University Hospitals Collection Sites.

Find a Collection Site

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a no-questions-asked biannual event (held in April and October) where communities throughout the country set up collection sites for the safe disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs. Proper disposal of unused drugs can prevent accidental poisoning, misuse and overdose.

Since the majority of people who misuse prescription drugs obtain them from family and friends, often from home medicine cabinets, the Take-Back Day event provides Americans with an opportunity to prevent drug addiction and deaths due to overdose while also helping to protect the environment. In addition, the event serves to educate the general public about medication abuse. Collection sites are held at hospital, retail and clinic pharmacies, as well as law enforcement facilities.

Results from the April 2021 20th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day:

Total Collection Sites
Pound of Total Weight Collected (420 tons)
Total Law Enforcement Participation

Over 14,524,391 pounds (7262 tons) of prescription drugs collected by the DEA since the first Take-Back Day back in the fall of 2010.

UH Collection Sites

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at University Hospitals is on Saturday, October 23rd, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for all below locations.

University Hospitals Conneaut Medical Center

Rt 20 Entrance under Canopy
158 West Main Road
Conneaut, OH 44030


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Elyria Police Station

Main Lobbby
18 West Ave
Elyria, OH 44035

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University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center

Driveway Turnaround by the Main Entrance
870 West Main Street
Geneva, OH 44041


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University Hospitals Lake West Medical Center

Outside Main Entrance
36000 Euclid Avenue
Willoughby, OH 44094


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University Hospitals Portage Medical Center

Portage Medical Arts Building, attached to the Hospital
6847 North Chestnut Street
Ravenna, OH 44266


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University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center

Main Lobby
27100 Chardon Road
Richmond Heights, OH 44143


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University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center

Main Lobby
1025 Center Street
Ashland, OH 44805


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Westlake Police Department

Main Lobby
27300 Hilliard Boulevard
Westlake, OH 44145


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