GALLIPOLIS — This week, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) announced more than 270 sites where Ohioans can safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, this Saturday
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in an effort to provide safe, convenient and responsible means for disposal of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse and medications.
In the Gallia County Courthouse lobby, there is a drop off box for unused prescription drugs which is available to the public during regular business hours, as well as one at the Gallipolis Police Department.
Locally, Gallia Sheriff Matt Champlin and Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren have been taking up the fight against drug abuse. Since Jan. 1, there has been an increase in drug-related arrests and cases, according to Champlin.
“We are trying to shut off the flow of drugs in Gallia County. We have a very aggressive and proactive stance to deal with this issue” Champlin said. “We know that the addiction is a beast to deal with,” Champlin said. “We strongly encourage those who fight it to take advantage of the many resources here in Gallia County, but we will hold you accountable if you break the law.”
In a statement, Brown said: “Prescription drug abuse and misuse has devastated Ohio communities. Too often, individuals can get prescription drugs from the family medicine cabinet or from family and friends who no longer use the medicine they were legally prescribed. That’s why this DEA-sponsored Drug Take Back Day is so important in Ohio. All prescription medications—especially addictive opioid painkillers—should be disposed of safely to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.”
“Four out of five people addicted to opioids start out using prescription drugs. That’s why it’s so important to safely dispose of any and all unnecessary prescription medications,” said Portman. “I’m pleased that so many communities in our state are participating in this annual event and I urge all Ohioans to clean out their medicine cabinets and take advantage of Drug Take Back. Together, we can turn the tide of addiction and ensure that every Ohioan can reach their God-given potential.”