Updated Mon, Nov 26, 2012 12:12 pm
Southeast Ohioans looking to safely dispose of unwanted prescription medication will be able to do so with the help of the Nelsonville Police Department starting today.
A program sponsored by the Ohio Attorney General's Office is allowing Nelsonville residents to drop off unused medication at the Police Department, where it will be properly disposed of.
"The Nelsonville Police department is excitedto partner with the Attorney General's Office in providing a means for the proper disposal of unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs," said Nelsonville Police Chief Jason Wallace.
The program is also being sponsored by the Drug Free Action Alliance.
Officials said two-thirds of those with pain medication prescriptions had unused pills.
Sixty-six boxes are being installed in police and sheriff departments across Ohio
"Many prescription drugs can be deadly if they accidentally get into the hands of a child or if they are abused," said DeWine.
Earlier this month, a drug drop box was successfully installed in the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office.