NEW INFO: Prescription Drug Drop Box Working in Lawrence County, Ohio

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 1/4/12
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- People in Lawrence County, Ohio are taking advantage of a prescription drug drop box at the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless says 91 pounds of unwanted medications have been collected since the box was installed on November 9, 2012.

“This proves to me that this program works,” said Sheriff Lawless. “To have collected this volume of medication in short months is amazing to me. As a result of this program our home, our streets and our waterways are safer today.”

The Prescription Drop Box is located in the lobby of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE 7/16/11 @ 6 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Ohio Attorney General's office is hoping a new initiative to fight prescription drug abuse comes to a town near you.

A new prescription drug drop box program could be up and running by the end of next month.

"In Scioto County, there's problem with drugs," says Jane Ward. "We are known to have big problems."

Ward now keeps her prescription drugs in a sealed safety pack. Exactly what she needs is in pre-packaged doses. In those packs, include some powerful pain medication.

"Oh, I know these would bring big dollars on the street," Ward says, "You have to be careful."

Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini tells those drop boxes will be secure.

"They'll be inside the sheriff's department, and we'll clean them out every night," Donini said.

The counties eligible for this free pilot program in our area include Jackson, Athens, Gallia, Lawrence, Meigs, Scioto and Vinton counties.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Ohio's Attorney General has announced a new initiative to fight prescription drug abuse.

The Attorney General's Office is partnering with the Ohio Department of Health and the Drug Free Action Alliance to start a new Prescription Drug Drop Box Program.

The pilot program will provide approximately 75 drop boxes across the state to collect prescription drugs year-round.

"Even though the entire state is dealing with the problems associated with prescription drug addiction, southern Ohio is by far the epicenter of the abuse," said Attorney General DeWine.

The counties eligible for this free pilot program in our area include Jackson, Athens, Gallia, Lawrence, Meigs, Scioto and Vinton counties.

"Instead of medication drop off days just being available several times each year, these drop boxes will allow Ohioans to dispose of dangerous prescription drugs as soon as a person decides it is appropriate to do so," said Dr. Ted Wymyslo, Director of the Ohio Department of Health.

"We want to make it convenient to get these unused dangerous drugs out of the home, safeguarding the family and decreasing the possibility of the drugs being diverted or misused."

Three portable incinerators are also part of the program.

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