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'Drug Take Back Box' available in Ironton

Nov. 09, 2012 @ 12:05 AM

IRONTON -- The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a "Drug Take Back Box" from the Ohio Attorney General's office so residents won't have to wait to get rid of unneeded or unwanted prescription drugs.

The box where residents can drop off the prescription drugs is located in the lobby of the sheriff's office in Ironton, according to Sheriff Jeff Lawless.

"This is a much needed tool in our efforts to rid our streets of drugs," Lawless said in a prepared release. "All too often people become targets of drug addicts because they have prescription medications in their homes. This is a safe way to dispose of medicine, and I hope that everyone takes advantage of it."

The secured box is part of a law enforcement effort to keep prescription drugs off the streets and out of local waterways, Lawless said.

Lawless is asking the public for several safety precautions for the box. They include: not disposing of needles or sharp objects in the box, to tightly cap liquids and place them in a zip-lock bag, remove the label or black out the name on the prescription information with a marker.

All medications and containers received will be incinerated, Lawless said.



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