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Local officials are working to combat prescription drug abuse here in Muskingum County.
As a part of a national effort, the DEA teamed up with several area agencies on Saturday including the Sheriff's Office to collect and properly dispose of any unused or unwanted prescription medications.
"The goal here is to make sure that there aren't extra pills laying around the house that you don't need," said Pharmacist and Volunteer Rod Strickrath. "I mean for small children there's dangers, there's some pills that you take for coughs and colds that have been lethal in very small number of tablets or capsules in children."
Strickrath said the prescription drug abuse rate in the country is growing and this is one way to help curb that. He said they are also hoping to create a permanent drop-off site.
"The Sheriff has petitioned the DEA for a permanent drop off station here in Zanesville and while I can't speak for the Sheriff I do believe that he did receive approval," he said.
A location for the site has not been finalized. For more information on how to properly dispose of medications, you can visit: www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/faq/general.htm