CONCORD TOWNSHIP, OH, June 5, 2015 — On Saturday, June 20, from 10 am to 2 pm, Lake Health, in partnership with the Lake County Narcotics Agency and the Lake County General Health District, will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to West Medical Center, 36000 Euclid Ave., Willoughby; TriPoint Medical Center, 7590 Auburn Road, Concord Township; or Mentor Campus, 9485 Mentor Avenue, Mentor. Needles, syringes, liquids and aerosols will be accepted in addition to other expired medications. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.
The Lake Health Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Thomas P. Jubeck, a trustee since 2008, has been re-elected chair. The other officers re-elected were Vice Chair/Treasurer Michael E. Mayher and Secretary Paul C. Sirko.
They also welcomed new Board member, David Steiger, MD, a Lake Health board-certified radiologist for 29 years who brings a wealth of health care experience and a valuable perspective to the board.
Dr. Steiger is chairman of Lake Health’s Department of Radiology. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed his residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He is a member of Drs. Hill & Thomas Co. radiology group.
Other members of the Lake Health Board of Trustees include John F. Platz; Susan McGuinness, RN, PhD; Don Brinberg, MD; Richard S. Morrison; I. James Hackenberg, Esq; Kathleen Bates and Robert G. Schiebli.