Drop boxes set to deter drug abuse

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Residents in Mercer County now have four new places to easily and safely dispose of unused prescription drugs.

County officials made the announcement Thursday during a news conference at the Mercer County Courthouse.

The funding for the boxes is covered by a state grant.

Mercer County District Attorney Robert Kochems said the locations provide a great way to avoid the risk of prescription drug abuse, especially for children and teens. Prescription drugs are often seen as gateway drugs for high school students.

“We never find cocaine on a young person in school. We find pills on a regular basis,” said Kochems. “So we know pills are addictive. They can’t afford them and at some point they have to transition to heroin, which is cheaper and far more deadly.”

The drop boxes are located inside police stations in Greenville, Grove City, Hermitage and in the Mercer County Sheriff’s office.

You can drop off unused medication anonymously during weekday business hours.

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