Bob Downing

Akron-Canton residents may empty medicine cabinets, bedside tables and kitchen drawers of unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs today.

A total of 27 drug collections will be held in the region as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to ensure drugs are disposed of safely and properly.

The Akron Police Department will accept old drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the visitors’ parking lot at the Metro Regional Transit Center, 631 S. Broadway.

The service is free and anonymous.

The Akron collection is being organized by the Summit County Community Partnership.

For more information, call 330-374-0947 or 330-322-5007.

In October, the Akron site collected 102 pounds of medications. It ranked 17th of the 88 collection sites in Northeast Ohio.

Nationally, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and local and state partners last October.

Five collections have been held, and the total collected tops 2 million pounds, officials said.

Other Summit County collections, all from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., are:

•?Summa Health System will accept drugs in parking Lot 1, off Adams Street, on the Summa Akron City Hospital campus.

•?Bath Township Police Department, 3864 W. Bath Road.

•?Copley Police Department, 1280 Sunset Drive.

•?Springfield Township Police Department, 2465 Canfield Road.

The Summit County Health District operates a permanent collection system with 14 locked boxes at local police departments. That system began in late 2010. It has collected 5,546 pounds. For information, call 330-926-5659 or go to www.schd.org.

There will be three collection sites today in Portage County. They are:

•?Portage County Water Resources, 8116 Infirmary Road, Shalersville Township. It is organized by the Portage County Sheriff’s Office.

•?Ravenna Police Department, 220 S. Park Way.

•?Robinson Memorial Hospital’s Medical Arts Building parking lot, 6847 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna.

The Medina County Drug Task Force has arranged three sites in Medina County. They are:

•?Wadsworth Police Department, 120 Maple St.

•?Walgreens parking lot, 805 N. Court St., Medina.

•?Lodi Community Hospital, 225 Elyria St.

In Stark County, there are 16 collection sites:

•?Mercy Medical Center, 1320 Mercy Drive NW, Canton, organized by the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.

•?Aultman Hospital, main entrance at 2600 Sixth St. SW, Canton. Sponsored by the Canton Police Department.

•?North Canton Police Department, 145 N. Main St.

•?Jackson Township Police Department, 7383 Fulton Drive NW.

•?Plain Township Hall, 2600 Easton St. NE. Sponsored by the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.

•?Canal Fulton Police Department, 1165 S. Locust St.

•?Anytime Fitness, 5119 Tuscarawas St. W, Perry Township. Sponsored by the Perry Township Police Department.

•?Massillon Recreation Center, 505 Erie St. N. Sponsored by the Massillon Police Department.

•?Hartville Police Department, 202 W. Maple St.

•?Marlboro Township Police Department, 7344 Edison St. NE.

•?Alliance Police Department, 470 E. Market St.

•?East Canton Police Department, 130 S. Cedar St.

•?Fairless High School, 11885 Navarre Road, Brewster. Sponsored by the Beach City and Brewster police departments.

•?Louisville Police Department, 215 S. Mill St.

•?Sandy Township Fire Station, 8285 Waynesburg Drive SE. Sponsored by the Waynesburg Police Department.

•?Minerva Police Department, 209 N. Market St.

There are no collection sites listed in Wayne County.

Other information is online at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html with collection sites and details.