Nearly 600 organizations have received safe drug disposal materials from RALI since 2018
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Jenny Camper, RALI Ohio
December 2, 2021
For Immediate Release: Columbus, Ohio – Since launching in 2018, the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Ohio, a statewide coalition of community organizations committed to fighting substance misuse, has provided more than 118,000 safe drug disposal kits, at no cost, to Ohio organizations.
RALI Ohio provides resources and convenes state and local organizations to share information and best practices about the prevention of substance abuse and misuse. Part of RALI Ohio’s mission is to educate Ohioans about the importance of safely disposing unused or expired medications. To this end, RALI Ohio has partnered with organizations to distribute at-home drug disposal pouches to aid in the proper disposal of medications. In addition, RALI Ohio has hosted events with experts and community leaders to present successful programs for addiction education and prevention.
In the three years since its launch, RALI Ohio has distributed more than 118,000 safe, at-home drug disposal pouches to nearly 600 community groups across the state. This year alone, Ohioans received nearly 40,000 pouches to safely dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications. In addition to these at-home disposal methods, RALI Ohio has also partnered with community leaders to participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events. The events serve as an important, twice-annual reminder to clean out medicine cabinets of unused or expired medications.
“Our organization is a proud partner with RALI Ohio and we have distributed thousands of safe drug disposal kits in the Miami Valley region,” said Dawn Cooksey, Director of Behavioral Health for Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley. “As a resource, we are committed to the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve, particularly in relation to preventing prescription drug misuse. Secure storage of medicines currently in use and disposing of unwanted or outdated medicines will help reduce opportunities for substance misuse. The safe drug disposal kits are a useful tool in our efforts to reduce overdose deaths and addiction.”
For more information about RALI Ohio, the fight against Ohio’s opioid epidemic and how to safely dispose of unused or expired medication, visit www.ralioh.org.
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.