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PRESS RELEASE: RALI Ohio Partners with Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association on Safe Drug Disposal

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association (BSSA) is working with the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Ohio to provide sheriffs’ offices throughout Ohio with safe drug disposal kits and educational materials for upcoming county fairs, local festivals, and other gatherings. RALI Ohio, an alliance of more than 25 organizations representing an array of Ohio communities impacted by the opioid epidemic, has been working to elevate programs that work across prevention, treatment, and recovery.

“Summer in Ohio means fairs and festivals, and many Ohio’s sheriffs’ offices participate in these events to provide safety information and resources for the citizens they serve,” said Bob Cornwell, Executive Director for the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association. “This summer, several of our members will also be providing free safe drug disposal kits and information to encourage residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and throw away unused medications. This can help reduce misuse and abuse of drugs.”

Proper disposal of prescription medicines is an important preventative measure to help address the opioid epidemic. In 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that 53 percent of people over the age of 12 who misused prescription pain relievers obtained the medication from a friend or relative.

RALI Ohio has provided the BSSA and other organizations in Ohio with safe drug disposal kits as well as materials informing residents about ways to properly dispose of unused medication. Residents can check with their local sheriff to find out if kits are available or be directed to community resources that assist with safe disposal of medications.

In-home drug disposal kits are one of many methods for safe drug disposal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also recommends mixing common household items, like cat litter and coffee grounds, with medications, sealing the mixture in a container, and throwing the container in the trash. Ohio residents can also take advantage of the many take-back locations throughout the state to safely dispose of unused medications.

In addition to safe drug disposal, RALI Ohio and sheriffs’ offices throughout the state are focused on educating residents about the warning signs of substance misuse. In April, RALI Ohio and sheriffs’ offices hosted the RALI Cares educational trailer in 11 locations. Over 700 visitors participated in expert-guided tours of the trailer, which is set up like a mock teenage bedroom with numerous hidden signs of drug misuse.

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About RALI Ohio:

The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Ohio is an alliance of local, state and national organizations committed to addressing the epidemic of substance misuse in the state through support for effective education, prevention, treatment and recovery programs. Members include:

  • Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio

  • Addiction Policy Forum

  • Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association

  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

  • Cover2 Resources

  • Hope United

  • National Black Nurses Association

  • National Grange

  • National Sheriffs’ Association

  • Ohio Academy of Family Physicians

  • Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities

  • Ohio Children’s Alliance

  • Ohio Manufacturers’ Association

  • Ohio National Guard Association

  • Ohio Pharmacists Association

  • Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association

  • Ohio Psychological Association

  • Ohio State Grange

  • ‘One is Too Many’ AMVETS, Department of Ohio program

  • Pickaway Addiction Action Coalition

  • Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)


  • Prevention Action Alliance

  • Public Children’s Services Association of Ohio

  • Summit County Community Partnership

  • VFW, Department of Ohio

  • Veterans Against Drugs

  • Veterans Health Council

  • Vietnam Veterans of America


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