Drug take-back initiative being hailed a success

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – About 2,000 pounds of pills were pulled out of northwest Ohio medicine cabinets this weekend and kept out of the wrong hands after a national drug take-back initiative.

From prescription to over-the-counter medications, expired and unwanted drugs, the national initiative was a success.

The event, coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Agency, set records locally. The Lucas County Sheriff's Office collected almost 200 pounds of medications. Maumee Police collected 130 pounds, and Sylvania Township, Oregon and Ottawa Hills collected about 80 pounds.

Oregon police have seen a rise in the theft and abuse of prescription drugs.

"Whether it's from adults in our community all the way down to our high schools, we see the increase of abuse in those kinds of drugs. Whatever we can do to get that stuff out of homes, off the street, even this way, at least we know these drugs won't go out there in that market for potential sale and abuse of them." said Sgt. Tony Castillo.

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