We're more than five months away from Election Day, but one ballot issue is already gaining attention and filling up the airwaves.

The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act would require the state to pay no more than what the Department of Veterans Affairs pays for prescription drugs. It would affect state agencies that purchase prescription drugs including Medicaid, the Department of Health, retirement plans, prisons, and workers compensation.

Dennis Willard, spokesman for Ohio Taxpayers for Lower Drug Prices, joined Jasen to speak in favor of the ballot issue while Dale Butland of Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue presented the opposition.

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:37

National Rx Drug Take Back Day Saturday

Saturday, April 29th, marks National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and Ohio's U.S. Senators are making sure Ohioans know where they can drop off their unused or expired prescriptions. 

With more than 270 locations across the state, residents of Summit and the surrounding counties have a few options: 

Summit

Akron

Springfield Township Police Department

2465 Canfield Road

Summit

Akron

Akron Metro Regional Transit Center Visitor's Parking Lot

631 S. Broadway Street

Summit

Akron

Summit County Sheriff's Office/Drug Unit

393 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road

Summit

Akron

Bath Police Department

3864 W. Bath Road

Summit

Akron

Akron Children's Hospital Circular Driveway

215 W. Bowery Street

Summit

Barberton

The Old First Merit Building

480 West Tuscawaras

Summit

Copley

Copley Police Department

1280 Sunset Drive

Summit

Cuyahoga Falls

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1900 23rd Street

Summit

Hudson

Hudson Acme Plaza, In Front Of The Acme Grocery Store

116 W. Streetsboro St.

Summit

Stow

Stow Police Department

3800 Darrow Rd

Summit

Tallmadge

Acme Fresh Market

600 South Avenue

Summit

Tallmadge

Tallmadge Police Department

53 Northeast Ave

Summit

Tallmadge

Giant Eagle

205 West Avenue

See the full press release with a link to all locations across the state below: 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) announced more than 270 sites where Ohioans can safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs on “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 AM to 2:00PM. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in an effort to provide safe, convenient and responsible means for disposal of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse and medications.

“Prescription drug abuse and misuse has devastated Ohio communities. Too often, individuals can get prescription drugs from the family medicine cabinet or from family and friends who no longer use the medicine they were legally prescribed,” Brown said. “That’s why this DEA-sponsored Drug Take Back Day is so important in Ohio. All prescription medications—especially addictive opioid painkillers—should be disposed of safely to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.”

“Four out of five people addicted to opioids start out using prescription drugs. That’s why it’s so important to safely dispose of any and all unnecessary prescription medications,” said Portman. “I’m pleased that so many communities in our state are participating in this annual event and I urge all Ohioans to clean out their medicine cabinets and take advantage of Drug Take Back. Together, we can turn the tide of addiction and ensure that every Ohioan can reach their God-given potential.”

In April, Brown and Portman spoke jointly about their efforts to combat Ohio’s opioid epidemic. Brown has introduced the INTERDICT Act, legislation that would provide U.S. Customs and Border Protections (CBP) with additional hi-tech screening equipment and lab resources to detect fentanyl before it enters the U.S. Portman has introduced the Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, new legislation designed to help stop dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from being shipped through our borders to drug traffickers here in the United States. Both bills work together to help block deadly synthetic opioids from reaching Ohio communities and are supported by both Senators.

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