Take Back is Saturday

Take Back is Saturday


The Mahoning County District Board of Health is urging county residents to take advantage of national Take Back Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to dispose of unused and expired medications at several sites in the county. No sharps/needles, liquids, aerosol, transdermal patches or medical waste are accepted.

Unused medicines are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse, and they need to be disposed of properly to avoid harm to the environment, health officials said. Take Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and area community partners, is free and anonymous.

Drop-off sites are: Austintown Police Department, 92 Ohltown Road; Beaver Police Department, 601 West South Range Road, North Lima; Boardman Police Department, 8299 Market St.; New Middletown Police Department, 10711 Main St., New Middletown; Springfield Township Police Department, 3475 E. South Range Road, New Springfield; and the Youngstown State University Police Department, 266 W. Wood St.

For information or additional participating locations, go online to www.dea.gov.

Hearing for Holidays


Hearing Missions Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of Centers for Hearing Care, is seeking local hearing-impaired candidates who are in financial crisis for its annual Hearing for the Holidays mission.

Potential candidates must contact Hearing Missions Foundation before Nov. 15. Once selected, candidates receive audiological testing, their own custom-made and fitted hearing aids, a limited supply of batteries, and education and instruction on proper operation and care of their new hearing devices, said Dr. Sheryl Figliano, doctor of audiology, at the Centers for Hearing Care and cofounder of the Hearing Missions Foundation.

Candidates for the Hearing for the Holidays mission can be of any age but must be a resident of Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties. People who know of someone who is hearing- impaired and in financial crisis and may be a candidate for the Hearing for the Holidays mission may call 330-779-8090 before Nov. 15.

Autism workshop


The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley is working with The Ohio State University and its Center for Autism Services and Transition, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and, locally, the Mercy Health Foundation to improve the quality of health care for individuals affected by autism.

To this end, parents and caregivers are offered a free workshop, “Strategies for Successful Medical Care,” in the conference room at the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, 1044 Belmont Ave. The workshop is offered three times: Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon, and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. Free parking is available. Child care is not provided. For information, call 330-333-9609.

Health screenings


The Niles SCOPE Senior Center is offering health screenings in November. They are: Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon, foot care, by appointment only. Participants must bring insurance cards and co-pay; and Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Mercy Hospital Mobile Mammovan, by appointment only; and free cholesterol, glucose and blood- pressure screenings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18. No appointment is necessary. The SCOPE Center also offers free dental appointments with the Mercy Health Dental Van by appointment only. For information or to schedule an appointment, call 330-544-3676.