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UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Ohioans toss out more than 8,600 pounds of prescription drugs as part of disposal program
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Saturday, October 26, 2013 9:31 AM EDT
The state's attorney general says residents in southern Ohio have gotten rid of more than 8,600 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs at drop boxes.
Attorney General Mike DeWine says the several tons of unwanted drugs were gathered in the first year of the drop-box program, which began last October.
Overdose drug deaths driven largely by painkiller addictions have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio.
More than 200 locations in Ohio were expected to participate Saturday in a national prescription drug collection day to collect unwanted and unneeded pills.