Agencies Receive Drug Drop Off Boxes

By
Joe Jackson
Bethany Venable

Dateline
Updated Tue, Oct 9, 2012 10:35 am

The Hocking County Sheriff's Department is one of 66 Ohio agencies to receive an official Drug Drop-off Box.

These secure drop boxes are apart of the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's effort to reduce drug abuse throughout communities in Southern Ohio.
 
The region has often been called the epicenter of the prescription drug abuse problem in the state. 
 
Although the Hocking County Sheriff's Department has been successfully collecting prescription drugs for a little over nine months now, Chief Deputy David Valkinburg says he hopes to see an even bigger success with the drop boxes.
 
"Prescription drug problems, in particular opiates, have been a major problem in Hocking County and continue to be. This is just one more step in our efforts to combat the opiate problem," said Valkinburg.
 
The drop box, which resembles a post office mailbox, will be installed just inside the doors of the sheriff's department and will be emptied on a daily basis.       
 
Athens, Gallia, Meigs and Scioto counties all received the boxes.  A complete list of the locations, provided by the attorney general's office, is available below.
 
Officials say the containers should start appearing in the next few weeks.
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