Mary Rutan Foundation Partners with BPD to Place Medication Drop Box


A medication drop box was recently placed in the lobby of the Bellefontaine Police Department making it the fifth drop box in Logan County to be funded by the Mary Rutan Foundation as a benefit to our community. Residents of Logan County now have several easily accessible locations to dispose of unused or expired medications.

Prescription medications left expired and unwanted in the home are a public safety issue leading to potential accidental poisoning, misuse, and overdose. Studies indicate that many abused drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment and our overall community.

Prescription Drug Take Back Days occur annually in the spring and fall, nationwide. But with drop boxes permanently located in Logan County, residents can safely dispose of their medications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at the following locations:

  • Logan County Sheriff’s Office at 284 County Road 32 South, Bellefontaine
  • Russells Point Police Department at 433 Orchard Island Road, Russells Point
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Emergency Department at 205 East Palmer Road, Bellefontaine
  • Bellefontaine Police Department at 135 North Detroit Street, Bellefontaine

Other drop boxes are available during retail pharmacy hours:

  • Community Market Pharmacy at 878 East Sandusky Avenue, Bellefontaine
  • CVS Pharmacy at 143 East Sandusky Avenue, Bellefontaine
  • Mary Rutan Health Center Retail Pharmacy at 1134 N. Main Street, Bellefontaine

Items that can be dropped off are pills and patches including prescription medication, over-the-counter drugs, medication samples, and pet medication. Drop boxes are NOT meant for needles, syringes (sharps), thermometers, liquids, or inhalers. To protect a person’s privacy, any identifying information on the medication should be completely blacked out.

The first permanent drop box was placed by the Mary Rutan Foundation at the Sherriff’s Office in 2013.