What's working: Prescription drug drop-box

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Officials in Butler County say prescription drug abuse is a growing problem throughout the county and all across the Tri-State.

But the Butler County Sheriff's Department now has a new way to try and control the use of these commonly used drugs.

"You bring your prescription drugs here if they are expired or you're not using them anymore," said Sheriff Richard Jones. "We have our drug agent gets this open everyday and we destroy them properly."

The drop-off box program is being funded by grant money and is a service of no cost to residents.

"It's very dangerous to have these in your home, so it's like a giant mailbox but it's more secure and there is a camera watching us as we speak," said Jones.

"I think it is a wonderful idea honestly," said Amy Erhardt, CEO of Sojorner Recovery Services. "We see situations all the time where peoples homes get broken into. I think elderly are a huge target for that."

The drop-box mechanism is only a small step in keeping prescription drugs out of the hands of people that don't need them.

"I think doctors have to start monitoring closer, how long has this person needed it, how much am I prescribing to them," said Erhardt. "I also think systems put in place to detect how many different physicians people are going to."