COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Ohio's Attorney General says that residents are on board with a pilot program to drop off prescription drugs year-round.
In October of last year, Attorney General Mike Dewine announced that more than 60 drop boxes would be placed at law enforcement agencies across the state. The secure mailbox-style disposal boxes are available to residents on a daily basis.
Dewine says in the first year, Ohio residents have disposed of more than 8,600 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs in those boxes.
"By disposing of these prescription drugs in a safe and secure way, it removes the chance of them potentially getting into the hands of children or those struggling with addiction," said Attorney General DeWine.
The announcement comes on the eve of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations across the country.
The Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.
A list of locations hosting take back day Saturday can be found at the link below.
Drop boxes are always available at the following locations:
Athens County: Athens County Sheriff's Office
ODMH - Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare Police
Gallia County: Gallia County Sheriff's Office
Gallipolis Police Department
Jackson County: Jackson County Sheriff's Office
Oak Hill Police Department
Lawrence County: Lawrence County Sheriff's Office
Meigs County: Meigs County Sheriff's Office
Middleport Police Department
Scioto County: Portsmouth Police Department
New Boston Police Department
Scioto County Sheriff's Office
Shawnee State University Dept. Of Public Safety
Vinton County: Vinton County Sheriff's Office