Wood County Sheriff’s Office offering free at-home drug disposal kits

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Ohio’s RX Abuse Leadership Initiative and is offering free Deterra pouches. Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn noted that the pouches are particularly helpful for disposing of liquid medications, which the sheriff’s office cannot accept.

The video in the article shows the pouches displayed in the office, the instructions on the back and a brief demonstration of how to use them.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) – It’s another tool in the fight against the ever-growing opioid epidemic.

“There’s no one ‘smoking gun’ that’s going to get us out of this heroin, opiate issue,” Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said. “It’s many, many things. This is one of the many things we can do to curb it.”

Recently, the sheriff’s office added free drug disposal kits to its lobby shelves. It’s all thanks to a new partnership with Ohio’s RX Abuse Leadership Initiative.

“One of the issues we have is people keeping prescription medications in their medicine cabinets beyond the time that they need them for their own use,” Wasylyshyn said

While his office still offers prescription drop boxes, Wasylyshyn says the pouches allow anyone to get rid of addictive meds at home. He says they’re particularly helpful for liquids that his deputies can’t accept.

“We cannot accept liquids,” Wasylyshyn said. “[The pouches] will nullify and neutralize liquids, so that’s what we’re really excited about.”