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Pill bottle display touring Ohio focuses on finding addicts help

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WARREN, Ohio -

Nearly four people die each day in Ohio from a drug overdose.

A Toledo-based group is hoping to help stop the pill problem by drawing attention to the problem with a message of hope and love spelled out with discarded pill bottles. The display took over Warren's Courthouse Square Tuesday.

Trumbull County is ranked 6th in the state when it comes to unintentional overdose deaths. 

The RX Epidemic Memorial Foundation teamed up with the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board to remind people of the resources available to get clean.

While some experts believe pushing people away from pills can inadvertently send addicts to seek out street drugs like heroin, this group believes the state's recent crackdown on drug abuse will help fight that problem.

RX- Co-founder Kyle Schalow says it's all about bringing attention to the problem and they've noticed it's becoming difficult to reach addicts through traditional routes.

"The struggle that I hear most commonly-- the word's not getting out there," Schalow says.

Schalow says the group will tour Ohio this summer with its pill bottle display to remind people that each county has resources available.

It's recommended any unwanted prescription pills be tossed out with care. The county board doesn't want people to flush pills down the toilet, because they may get into our water supply.

It's recommended your drop off old medications to any of the following area locations:

Trumbull County Sheriff's Office
150 High Street, Warren, Ohio
Hours: 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Liberty Township Administration Building
1315 Churchill-Hubbard Rd., Youngstown, Ohio
Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Lordstown Police Department
1583 Salt Springs Rd., Lordstown, Ohio
Hours: 24/7

Newton Falls Police Station/Administration Building
19 North Canal St., (first floor hallway) Newton Falls, Ohio
Hours: 24/7
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