Governor DeWine has initiated a program to help injured workers dispose of unused pain medication. Pharmacies in Ohio will soon offer biodegradable bags to ensure the safe disposal of any opioids that go unused after a work injury.
This new program is intended to prevent addiction and the misuse of unused opioids. The injured worker will receive their disposal bag with the first pain prescription. When the unused opioids pills and patches from those prescriptions are put into the bags provided and mixed with water, the charcoal within is activated and renders the drugs ineffective. The bag will then later break down and can be disposed of.
The state is covering the cost of these bags and the bags will be available at every retail pharmacy beginning November 1, 2019.
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