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Pic from right: Gail Dafler, prevention specialist Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GWESMV); Dawn Cooksey, director of Behavioral Health Services GWESMV;   Helen Jones-Kelley, executive director, Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Healt
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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.

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This Saturday, Dayton area residents can drop off old prescription drugs and other unwanted medicines.

As part of the 10th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the city and Dayton Police Department will designate five drop-off sites in and around Dayton from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

National event organizers say over the last nine years more than four million pounds of drugs were collected and disposed of—drugs they could have been misused or ended up in the wrong hands.

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On Wednesday, Ohio Governor John Kasich announced the launch of a statewide drug education program called “Start Talking.” The program encourages parents and teachers to talk to young people about the dangers of heroin and prescription drugs.

At the launch event at West Carrollton Middle School south of Dayton, many of the speeches were emotional.