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Kroger, Local Health And Social Service Agencies To Distribute Drug Disposal Bags

Pic from right: Gail Dafler, prevention specialist Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GWESMV); Dawn Cooksey, director of Behavioral Health Services GWESMV;   Helen Jones-Kelley, executive director, Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Healt

Officials with Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) say around 75 percent of people addicted to opioids first became hooked through a doctor’s prescription.


That high percentage prompted ADAMHS, Kroger pharmacies and Goodwill Easter Seals to collaborate on a new effort to distribute free drug-disposal bags.


Officials say the bags offer a safe, cost-effective and environmentally responsible solution to eliminate unwanted opioid prescription drugs.


Ann Stevens with ADAMHS says the bags contain a special charcoal filtration system that renders the drugs useless.


“We want people to get them out of their medicine cabinets because they can easily be stolen by your friends, your neighbors, whoever uses your restroom," she says. "People at open houses seek medications when they’re going through a house, so we don’t want these drugs to get in the hands of people who aren’t prescribed them."


ADAMHS is currently using about a third of its annual budget on opioid-related programs and services, and Stevens says the agency received a $50,000 state grant for the new drug bag program.


The bags will be available at 13 Kroger Pharmacies and 12 Goodwill locations in Montgomery County. Kroger pharmacies will provide the bags whenever opioid prescriptions are filled. Goodwill/Easter Seals Miami Valley will distribute another approximately 5,000 bags.


Officials say disposing of opioids using the charcoal bags will also help to keep drugs out of the water supply.


Participating Kroger Pharmacy Locations:

 Kroger 722, 10101 Landing Way, Miamisburg

 Kroger 754, 4506 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights

 Kroger 758, 7747 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights

 Kroger 836, 3520 W. Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton

 Kroger 923, 1095 S. Main St., Centerville

 Kroger 747, 780 Northwoods Blvd, Vandalia

 Kroger 751, 1027 S. Smithville Rd, Dayton

 Kroger 759, 155 N. Heincke Rd, Miamisburg

 Kroger 960, 5400 Cornerstone North Blvd, Centerville

 Kroger 825, 2115 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering

 Kroger 931, 2917 W. Alex Bell Rd, Dayton

 Kroger 933, 1934 Needmore Rd, Dayton

 Kroger 938, 885 Union Rd, Englewood

Participating Goodwill Stores and Donation Centers:

 Goodwill Store – 6868 Miller Ln, Butler Township

 Goodwill Store – 950 Miamisburg- Centerville Rd, Centerville

 Goodwill Store- 501 E. Fifth St, Dayton –(Oregon store)

 Goodwill Store – 606 Taywood Rd, Englewood

 Goodwill Store – 5058 Brandt Pk, Huber Heights

 Goodwill Store – 7590 Brandt Pk, Huber Heights (Sulphur Grove)

 Goodwill Store – 1040 Patterson Rd, Dayton

 Goodwill Store – 1970 E. Dorothy Ln, Kettering

 Goodwill Store – 1258 E. Central Ave, Miamisburg

 Goodwill Store – 5400 N. Dixie Dr, Dayton (Northridge)

 Goodwill Outlet – 1750 Woodman Dr, Dayton

 Goodwill Easter Seals Main Headquarters - 660 Main St. (Donation Center only)


Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.