The Ohio AG says a Scioto County collection nets hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs including many painkillers were collected over the weekend in a southern Ohio county hit hard by drug overdose deaths.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has said Scioto County is one of the worst parts of the country when it comes to prescription painkiller abuse and illegal trafficking.
DeWine says Monday that collection sites at grocery stores in Portsmouth and Wheelersburg gathered a total of 318 pounds of prescription drugs from residents.
Authorities disposed of the drugs, which included painkillers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone.
Dozens of county residents have died over the past decade from overdoses attributed to painkillers and many more have been treated for addiction to the pills.