TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – The number one drug problem in Ohio is prescription medicine, and on Saturday, cities and police departments across the country are teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to do something about it.
Area residents are encouraged to drop off all unused, unwanted or expired prescription medicine at their local police department in a national effort to dispose of pills the right way.
Drug Counselor Bill Geha says he knows what it is like to deal with a prescription drug addiction. He sees how it all begins a the Sylvania Township School District:
"The, their first drug is marijuana and people don't realize with adolescents and adults, and you reach a plateau you reach a tolerance level, so you're looking for something else. Desperate people will start looking for ways to supplement their habit, so in their desperation they'll start looking in medicine cabinets of relatives, of grandparents."
Oregon police Chief Michael Navarre says these drug problems come and go in cycles:
"I see the same thing has occurred with prescription drugs, there was a time when that was a huge problem."
That is why Oregon and Sylvania Township police departments are encouraging the community to dispose of their unused medication anonymously at local collection sites tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Here is a list of some local sites:
- The Wood County Hospital at 950 West Wooster Street, Bowling Green, Ohio
- The Wood County Sheriff's Office at 1960 East Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green, Ohio
- 6635 Maplewood Avenue, Sylvania, Ohio (419) 885-8906
- The Sylvania Township Police Department at 4420 King Road, Sylvania, Ohio (419) 882-2055
- The Oregon Police Department at 5330 Seaman Road, Oregon, Ohio