Columbus - 
State Senator Bob Peterson (R- Sabina) today applauded the latest effort to combat prescription drug abuse in Ohio, as more than nine tons of prescription drugs were recently collected in Ohio as part of Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Throughout the 17th Ohio Senate District - which has been particularly hard hit by this epidemic - nearly 150 pounds of unused or unneeded drugs were turned in to local law enforcement officials. All of the medications turned in will be destroyed.

"It is truly encouraging to know that so many Ohioans - particularly those in Southern Ohio - went out of their way to properly dispose of their old prescription drugs," Peterson said. "This is a positive step forward for our communities in the fight against prescription drug abuse."

Prescription drug abuse has become the leading cause of accidental injury death in Ohio. Lawmakers approved legislation last year that 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.
Senator Peterson represents the 17th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Pike, Ross and Vinton counties and portions of Lawrence and Pickaway counties. For more information, please visit
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