Drug Take Back Day spotlights Ohio's ongoing opioid crisis

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"We are wanting to do our part and be responsible people and citizens by returning drugs to the police during these drug take-backs when they are no longer needed", says Rita Jack, MPD Patrol Lieutenant.

Beaver Police Department: front lobby, 601 W. South Range Road, North Lima. By the end of the four-hour collection period Saturday, the Back Cove parking lot drop-off volunteers had collected three large boxes of medications from 53 participants.

Youngstown State University Police Department: 226 W. Wood St.

Unused medications in homes helped fuel the heroin and opioid crisis that has gripped ME and other states.

San Luis Obispo CHP collected over 280 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs.

Where you can turn in unused medication today

Communities like Lake County have seen the impact of getting rid of the drugs firsthand and launched their own version of the take back program in 2012.

The Drug Take-Back is put on twice a year - once in April and again in October. "Every single year it's declined in numbers".

"Well I think this is very beneficial to Rapid City, it gets the old medications out of people's houses, out of their medicine cabinets so they're not available to kids or family members or people that might break in and steal them. That's not good", she said.

Agencies all over the country, and here in our local area, were collecting unwanted and expired drugs, deposing of them so they don't wind up in the wrong hands. You don't want to throw them down the toilet.

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