The state is making dozens of drop-off boxes available to Ohio counties for the collection of prescription drugs in an anti-drug abuse effort. The pilot program announced today makes 75 boxes available to two dozen southern Ohio counties where the state's prescription painkiller epidemic has hit the hardest.
The Ohio Department of Health, the Attorney General's Office and the Drug Free Action Alliance will also provide at least three incinerators for the destruction of the drugs once they're gathered. The secure mailbox-style boxes will be positioned inside law enforcement offices for the disposal of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs. State data show two of every three people who received a painkiller prescription in 2010 still had pills left over from previous prescriptions.