OH & KY claim major success in recent Drug Take Back events

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that Ohioans turned in more than 9 tons of prescription drugs during recent Drug Take Back Day events. The 18,672 total pounds turned in was over 4,000 pounds greater than the amount turned in during the fall 2010 Drug Take Back Day.

"Turning in unwanted and unused prescription drugs helps protect our families in so many ways. It prevents young children and grandchildren from possible poisoning emergencies, removes possible theft targets from drug traffickers, and lessens the likelihood that these pills can be abused by teens and adults alike," said Attorney General DeWine.

Almost half of the total (8,728 pounds) came from returns in the Cleveland area. According to the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), a Drug Take Back Day partner, totals reported by its regional offices were as follows:

  • Cincinnati: 3,654 pounds
  • Cleveland: 8,728 pounds
  • Columbus: 1,455 pounds
  • Dayton: 1,114 pounds
  • Toledo: 2,103 pounds
  • Youngstown: 1,618 pounds
  • Total from Ohio: 18,672 pounds

Meanwhile, in Kentucky the Kentucky State Police reported that the third National "Take Back" Initiative netted 804 pounds of prescription drugs from those who wished to discard unwanted medications at sixteen KSP Post locations. 

KSP Commissioner, Rodney Brewer was pleased with the citizen turn out at post locations across the state. He said the event is an opportunity to clean out medicine cabinets and safely discard of prescription drugs.

"In many cases, prescription drugs remain in home medicine cabinets long after therapy has been completed, thus making these drugs easily accessible to others who would misuse or abuse them," says Brewer.

KSP has participated in the two previous 'Take Back' days collecting over 700 pounds of prescription medication. During the last two initiatives the DEA Office of Diversion Control in Detroit reports that Kentucky collected 7,778 pounds of prescription medications statewide from all collection sites.

Citizens who wish to report tips or suspicious drug activity can call KSP's confidential toll-free hotline at 1-800-367-3847.

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