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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown visited Zanesville Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Brown joined members of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, Muskingum Behavioral Health and the sheriff's office. The take-back day makes it easy for people to safely dispose of prescription drugs.
"This is known as a very good program, the sheriff works with the county health department works with mental health groups and all it seems to work particularly well they've done it for a number of years in Muskingum County and should get a lot of credit for it, " said Sen. Brown.
Brown also talked about his bill. The "Stop the Trafficking of Pills Act" would require national adoption of Medicaid lock-in programs, which would crack down on the abuse of Medicaid cards to obtain and fill prescriptions for addictive pain medications.
"It will save money and it will save some people from addiction and it will cut down on the crime rate because people aren't going to likely break in somewhere and steal these drugs," said Sen. Brown.
Brown says out of the entire state, southern Ohio has been hit the hardest.