BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) - It's another tool in the fight against the ever-growing opioid epidemic.
"There's no one 'smoking gun' that's going to get us out of this heroin, opiate issue," Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said. "It's many, many things. This is one of the many things we can do to curb it."
Recently, the sheriff's office added free drug disposal kits to its lobby shelves. It's all thanks to a new partnership with Ohio's RX Abuse Leadership Initiative.
"One of the issues we have is people keeping prescription medications in their medicine cabinets beyond the time that they need them for their own use," Wasylyshyn said
While his office still offers prescription drop boxes, Wasylyshyn says the pouches allow anyone to get rid of addictive meds at home. He says they're particularly helpful for liquids that his deputies can't accept.
"We cannot accept liquids," Wasylyshyn said. "[The pouches] will nullify and neutralize liquids, so that's what we're really excited about."
The sheriff says the pouches are extremely effective and each one holds up to 45 pills, 6 ounces of liquid or 6 patches. All you have to do is place the medicine inside, add hot water, shake and then throw it away.
"No one is going to be able to do anything harmful to themselves or anyone else once it's neutralized in [the] container," Wasylyshyn said.
Along with destroying habit-forming drugs the sheriff says the bags also help keep them out of the environment. As more people struggle with opioid addiction the hope is that the simple kits can make a big difference.
"The fewer drugs we have in medicine cabinets that are not needed, the sooner we get other people that may be getting in there and stealing those drugs and using them illegally," Wasylyshyn said.
Right now the bags are being offered on a first come, first serve basis. You can pick them up for free at the sheriff's office or at the Wood County Justice Center.