Prescription Drugs

A 2005 federal government study revealed that prescription drugs are taken from home more than any other source; only 4% purchased from drug dealers.  The Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted in the Canton Public Schools in 2015 confirmed those findings – 19% of Canton High School students took a prescription drug prescribed by a doctor for someone else.

The Opioid Epidemic

The Opioid epidemic has its roots in the availability of the highly concentrated prescription painkiller, Oxycontin, made available in the United States in 1996.  This pharmaceutical drug has chemical properties similar to heroin, and like heroin, physical dependence can develop quickly.

Opioid users often report the onset of their opioid addiction with Oxycontin use. On the streets, OxyContin sold for $1 per mg. (80 mg. =$80).  Over time, as tolerance increased, so did the need for more pills, and crushing/ snorting was often used to enhance the effects.  The high cost led many to thievery, and cheaper alternatives such as Vicodin, Percocet and Heroin (snort able and 80 to 90% pure).

Currently there is an opioid epidemic across the country.  Young people and those predisposed to addiction are highly susceptible.  Many begin experimenting with painkillers between the ages of 17-26 and many will become addicted as a result of legitimate medical use.

Community Medication Collection Kiosk

The town collects and safely disposes of unwanted medications from residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the Canton Police Station.  If in their original containers, blackout your name and the prescription number.  You can also bring them in a clear re-closable bag.

What is collected?

  • Prescription Medicines (pills, capsules, inhalers, ointments, and/or patches
  • Over-the-counter medicines (pills, capsules, ointments, vitamins)
  • Pet medications
  • Sample medications
  • Liquid medicines (must be in glass or leak proof container)

What is not collected?

  • Needles
  • Thermometers
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Medication from businesses or clinics
  • Aerosols

National Take-Back Initiative

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Medication Collection Events

  • Annually at the Canton Health Fair