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New Anti-Drug Effort Hopes to Bolster Prevention Programs Across Ohio

photo of drug disposal kit
Jo Ingles
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Statehouse News Bureau
A new project called RxALI could provide grants and assistance for drug prevention, such as this drug disposal kit.

There’s a new anti-drug effort that involves a variety of groups from around the state. 

The name of the new project is RxALI, and spokeswoman Jenny Camper said it’s designed to provide grants and marketing assistance to current effective drug prevention programs. She says RxALI is also urging Ohioans to get rid of unwanted drugs.

“We’ve donated tens of thousands of safe disposal kits and we have done education on the importance of everybody cleaning out your medicine cabinet," Camper said.

The coalition consists of drug prevention groups, law enforcement and veteran’s organizations.

It is also receiving backing from PhRMA, the major lobbying group representing drug manufacturers, some of which are being sued by Ohio and other states for their role in the opioid crisis.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.