Law enforcement officials say they have seen a shift in substance abuse from illegal drugs to prescription drugs legally obtained by a patient and then lifted by family or friends.
To fight this trend the Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition has purchased two new permanent drop boxes for disposing of prescription drugs. Mayors and police chiefs in both Bethlehem and Triadelphia welcomed the purchase.
Bethlehem Police Chief Dan Griffin said the drop boxes are the place for seniors to dispose of expired medications.
"We have quite a bit of senior residents that reside up here and they have medicines that they don't know what to do with after they're expired or a prescription they don't need any more," he said. "So, now we have a place for them to put those."
Needles and aerosol cans do not go in the drop box according to police.
Both of the new drop boxes in Bethlehem and Triadelphia remain open during normal business hours. The one in Wheeling remains open round-the-clock.