From The Cincinnati Enquirer

Five Cincinnati-area law enforcement agencies and The Enquirer are teaming up to help keep dangerous prescription medication from being misused, stolen or sold.

The Enquirer is purchasing prescription drug drop boxes for use by the Cincinnati Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and police departments in Loveland, Norwood and Reading.

The secure boxes, placed in law enforcement offices, provide residents with a safe, convenient way to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs whenever the hosting office is open. Authorities will dispose of the drugs in a way that prevents abuse and keeps them out of water supplies or landfills.

Opioid drug misuse kills more Ohioans than traffic accidents and, experts have told The Enquirer, fuels the nation’s worst-ever heroin epidemic, which is acute in many of our communities.

“We truly can save lives by getting these pills out of our homes,” said Randy Essex, Enquirer senior editor/news. “This is among the easiest steps we all can take to fight this public health crisis.”

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