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Ohio Governor John Kasich came to Finneytown Secondary School Wednesday to launch "Start Talking,'' a statewide effort to cut down the use of heroin and prescription drugs among young people.
Kasich, with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and members of his cabinet at his side, said Start Talking will involve parents, teachers coaches and the students themselves in helping end the drug abuse he said is in every town, in every corner of the state.

It is a problem, Kasich said, which won't go away on its own and has to be met head-on by every family in Ohio.

Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Jul 16, 2013

If you've been wondering what to do with old or expired medications, you're in luck. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is hosting a take-back day Saturday.

You can drop off unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs at various sites around the state.

Organizers say meds should be in their original containers but be sure to remove any identifying information such as prescription labels. Syringes, liquids and intravenous products are not allowed.

Collected medications will be disposed of following EPA guidelines.

Howard Rahtz has a fascinating background: 18 years as a Cincinnati police officer, attaining the rank of captain. He also served as coordinator of the SWAT negotiating team and was in charge of the Central Vice Control Section, where his focus was on reducing the assets of drug traffickers. He has put all that experience, plus a degree in rehab counseling, to try and further efforts to take drugs off the streets. He joins Ann Thompson to discuss his latest book, Drugs, Crime and Violence: From Trafficking to Treatment, in which he lays out a method to choke off the revenue stream that supports the drug traffickers.