Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today thanked Ohioans for properly disposing of an estimated 14 tons (28,263 pounds) of unneeded, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs during last Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of prescription drug disposal. Unused prescription drugs in homes create a public health and safety concern because the medications can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused.
"Safely disposing of unneeded prescription pills is an easy way that Ohioans across the state can participate in the effort to fight drug addiction, and we appreciate everyone who took time on Saturday to make sure that the pills prescribed to them will never fall into the wrong hands," said Attorney General DeWine.
“By working together as citizens and law enforcement officials alike, we were able to make Saturday’s Take Back event an overwhelming success as we minimized the number of unwanted prescription medications available to be misused and abused,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Bulgrin. "We want to thank every resident in Ohio and our Ohio law enforcement partners who took the time to come together and make this program successful.”
Those who are still in possession of unneeded prescription drugs can drop them off at one of several prescription drug drop box locations across the state. A list of locations of prescription drug drop boxes provided by the Attorney General's Office, Ohio Department of Health, and Drug Free Action Alliance is available on the Ohio Attorney General's website.
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced Wednesday that with the recent addition of Giant Eagle and Rite Aid stores there are now more than 1,300 pharmacies in 84 counties offering naloxone without a prescription.
Naloxone (Narcan®) is a safe medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl.
When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and can restore breathing in a matter of minutes.
"I am pleased that pharmacies throughout Ohio are recognizing the importance of offering this life-saving medication," said State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Steven W. Schierholt. "Getting naloxone in the hands of individuals who can intervene in the event of an overdose is critical to reducing unintentional drug overdose deaths in Ohio."
To expand access to this life-saving drug, Governor Kasich signed House Bill 4 into law, which allows pharmacists to dispense this medication without a prescription to an at-risk opioid user or someone who can intervene in the event of an overdose. As a result, 65 percent (1,374) of all retail pharmacies in Ohio are offering naloxone without a prescription. This represents a sizable increase from the 47 percent (1,000) of retail pharmacies previously reported in August.
For a complete list of all pharmacies offering naloxone without a prescription, please visit: www.pharmacy.ohio.gov/stopoverdose.
These photos are from a Community Dinner that the Logan County C.O.R.E. Coalition had back in September of this year. The Dinner was held on 9/29/16 at the First Church of God in Logan County. It was a 2- hour long event that featured Dr. Brad Lander as the keynote speaker. There was over 300 people in attendance. There was recognition of those in recovery and are leading successful lives after going through addiction and the recovery process. Also, each team within CORE spoke about its efforts in community to make Logan County Drug-Free and to help those struggling with addiction. The purpose behind the dinner was to bring a community of people together for education and awareness of what is happening in Logan County. Among residents in attendance, we had judges from other counties, local law enforcement, and even state representative Robert Sprague came to the dinner and spoke. It was a successful night full of emotion!!
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