New prescription drug drop box in Marion County

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There's a new push to prevent prescription drug abuse in the Indianapolis area.

A first-of-its-kind drug drop box now sits in the lobby of the Marion County Jail. It's part of a new partnership between the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Drug Free Marion County.

A local judge spear-headed the project after he and his wife lost their son to a prescription drug overdose in 2009. Their tragedy sparked his passion to help educate other parents before it's too late.

"When an addiction gets a hold of you, it doesn't let go," said Marion County Superior Court Judge William Nelson. "The last conversation was his promise to go back to Fairbanks. Unfortunately, it was a day too late. Hopefully with this program, we can prevent other parents from having to suffer the worst tragedy that one can ever imagine."

The drop box is accessible 24/7 in the jail lobby where it will be locked and under constant observation.

Plans are already underway to install more of them throughout the county.