Ohioans turned in 35,797 pounds of unused, expired and unwanted prescription pills during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s fall National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Nationwide, a record 912,305 pounds were collected at more than 5,300 sites. The DEA has collected more than 9 million pounds of prescription drugs since the fall of 2010.
“We know of many cases where leftover pain pills have led to an opioid addiction,” U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Justin Herdman said Tuesday in a prepared statement. “Properly disposing of these pills is one important step anyone can take to get involved in turning the tide on the opioid epidemic that has caused so much pain here in Ohio.”