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State Senator Dave Burke (R- Marysville) is commending the Ohio Attorney General's Office on the announcement of their newly-established Ohio Prescription Drug Box Program. Partnering with the Ohio Department of Health and the Drug Free Action Alliance, this initiative will help continue the fight against prescription drug abuse by allowing residents to deposit unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs at drop boxes at local law enforcement agencies. This initiative was born out of a directive in House Bill 93, the 'pill mill bill,' sponsored by thenRepresentative Burke and Representative Terry Johnson. The bill created a licensure process for pain management clinics, provided investigatory authority for the State Medical Board and State Board of Pharmacy, made changes to OARRS (Ohio Automated Rx Review System) and required the administration of a drug take-back program. A pilot program will provide approximately 75 mailbox style-disposal drop boxes located inside law enforcement departments. Portable drug incinerators will also be provided to agencies that are willing and able to serve as a regional destruction site for pills collected in the area. "As we continue in this fight against prescription drug abuse it's important that we look at not just the filling of new prescriptions, but those that have already been filled," Burke said. "By bringing these drop boxes into our communities, we are allowing citizens to bring in their unwanted or unused prescriptions at their convenience, no questions asked. This allows every Ohioan to be a part of the solution." Currently, the pilot program is available in Ohio's southern counties. For more information about the program as well as a full listing of eligible counties please visit the Ohio Attorney General's website at
Senator Burke represents the 26th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses all of Crawford, Logan, Marion, Sandusky, Union and Wyandot counties as well as portions of Ottawa and Seneca counties. For more information, please visit
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