Students Complete Project to Provide Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs
Belmont College Welding students fabricate and design drug drop-off boxes to be placed throughout local communities for collection of prescription drugs and syringes.
St. Clairsville, OH (October 24, 2016) – For the past four years, second-year students from Belmont College’s Welding program have created drug drop-off boxes as part of their final capstone project. The assignment requires the students to design and fabricate the boxes, as well as to write a report about the experience.
The purpose of the drug drop-off boxes is to allow for the safe disposal of prescription drugs and syringes.
“This is our fourth year creating the drug drop-off boxes,” said Dirk DeCoy, Belmont College Director of Industrial Trades and Contract Training. “Since the initial request, we have built and delivered a total of 17 drug drop-off boxes that are now located in 11 police stations, four pharmacies, one sheriff’s station, and one hospital throughout Belmont, Jefferson, and Monroe Counties. Future boxes are currently planned for locations in Guernsey and Harrison Counties.”
The most recently completed drug drop-off boxes were created for Ohio Hills Health Services (OHHS) and can be found at the following locations in Barnesville, Ohio: Cheffy Pharmacy, Corner Pharmacy, Morristown Pharmacy, and Barnesville Hospital, as well as Bellwood Pharmacy in Woodsfield, Ohio.
“OHHS has worked with several local pharmacies, Barnesville Hospital, as well as Drug Task Force Officials in Monroe and Belmont County to offer these medical disposal services to the community,” said Lana Phillips, OHHS Community Services Director. “The boxes will be available to publically accessible areas during regular business hours for anyone in the community to come in and deposit unnecessary medications without any questions.”
The drug drop-off boxes, which are specially designed to collect any solid or liquid medications (liquids must be contained in liquid prescription bottle), will be emptied by local Drug Task Force officials. The boxes also have a sharps collection container for needles.
“OHHS looks forward to working with Belmont College to build more drug drop-off boxes in the near future,” said Phillips.
OHHS is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) serving residents in six eastern counties with medical centers in Barnesville, Woodsfield, Quaker City and Freeport, Ohio. FQHC’s are patient-directed, community based health centers that provide high-quality, primary and preventative health care to people in rural and urban medical underserved areas. For more information about OHHS please call 740-239-OHHS or visit us online at ohiohillshealthservices.com.
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