Officials with Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) say around 75 percent of people addicted to opioids first became hooked through a doctor’s prescription.
That high percentage prompted ADAMHS, Kroger pharmacies and Goodwill Easter Seals to collaborate on a new effort to distribute free drug-disposal bags.
Officials say the bags offer a safe, cost-effective and environmentally responsible solution to eliminate unwanted opioid prescription drugs.
Ann Stevens with ADAMHS says the bags contain a special charcoal filtration system that renders the drugs useless.
“We want people to get them out of their medicine cabinets because they can easily be stolen by your friends, your neighbors, whoever uses your restroom," she says. "People at open houses seek medications when they’re going through a house, so we don’t want these drugs to get in the hands of people who aren’t prescribed them."
ADAMHS is currently using about a third of its annual budget on opioid-related programs and services, and Stevens says the agency received a $50,000 state grant for the new drug bag program.
The bags will be available at 13 Kroger Pharmacies and 12 Goodwill locations in Montgomery County. Kroger pharmacies will provide the bags whenever opioid prescriptions are filled. Goodwill/Easter Seals Miami Valley will distribute another approximately 5,000 bags.
Officials say disposing of opioids using the charcoal bags will also help to keep drugs out of the water supply.
Participating Kroger Pharmacy Locations:
Kroger 722, 10101 Landing Way, Miamisburg
Kroger 754, 4506 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights
Kroger 758, 7747 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights
Kroger 836, 3520 W. Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton
Kroger 923, 1095 S. Main St., Centerville
Kroger 747, 780 Northwoods Blvd, Vandalia
Kroger 751, 1027 S. Smithville Rd, Dayton
Kroger 759, 155 N. Heincke Rd, Miamisburg
Kroger 960, 5400 Cornerstone North Blvd, Centerville
Kroger 825, 2115 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering
Kroger 931, 2917 W. Alex Bell Rd, Dayton
Kroger 933, 1934 Needmore Rd, Dayton
Kroger 938, 885 Union Rd, Englewood
Participating Goodwill Stores and Donation Centers:
Goodwill Store – 6868 Miller Ln, Butler Township
Goodwill Store – 950 Miamisburg- Centerville Rd, Centerville
Goodwill Store- 501 E. Fifth St, Dayton –(Oregon store)
Goodwill Store – 606 Taywood Rd, Englewood
Goodwill Store – 5058 Brandt Pk, Huber Heights
Goodwill Store – 7590 Brandt Pk, Huber Heights (Sulphur Grove)
Goodwill Store – 1040 Patterson Rd, Dayton
Goodwill Store – 1970 E. Dorothy Ln, Kettering
Goodwill Store – 1258 E. Central Ave, Miamisburg
Goodwill Store – 5400 N. Dixie Dr, Dayton (Northridge)
Goodwill Outlet – 1750 Woodman Dr, Dayton
Goodwill Easter Seals Main Headquarters - 660 Main St. (Donation Center only)