Police consider drug take-back event a victory against heroin

More than 200 pounds pills disposed of
Posted at 7:52 PM, Oct 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-22 19:52:15-04

BLUE ASH, Ohio -- Over 200 pounds of prescription pills were safely disposed of Saturday afternoon as a part of Drug Take-Back Day, an event that law enforcement officials consider a victory against heroin addiction.

Several police departments in Blue Ash hosted a drug take-back event as a part of the DEA’s National Drug Take-Back Day, an initiative aimed at providing safe and convenient ways to dispose of unused and old prescription drugs.  

Police said prescription drugs often lead to heroin addiction, and they could fall into the wrong hands if they remain in someone’s home.

Sgt. Allison Schlie from Blue Ash Police Department said she hopes the event helps decrease the chance of someone developing an opiate addiction.

“We hope the initiative alleviates some of that issue and alleviates some of that addiction,” Schlie said. “That way the prescriptions don’t fall into the wrong hands.”