As addictions to prescription medications grow in the U.S., northwest Ohio is expanding its efforts to address the issue, in part thanks to the work of a former addict and her husband.
WNWO has kept up with April Schalow, a Holland mother of 4, since she and her husband began their efforts to raise public awareness of the prescription drug abuse epidemic.
Schalow and her husband, Kyle, created and run a non-profit called the Rx Memorial Foundation.
On Saturday, the pair will also participate in one of several northwest Ohio "Prescription Drug Take Back" events.
The Schalow's will volunteer in an event sponsored by the Lucas County Sheriff's Office at Springfield Township Fire station #3's drop off (Garden and Holloway Roads) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On May 2, the couple will also put together their annual Rx Memorial including performances, guest speakers and resources for those battling addiction.
The day also marks Ohio's first "Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness and Education Day", created by Ohio HB 399, proposed by a legislator who was inspired by the Schalow's and passed by lawmakers earlier this year.
There are also more than 26,000 fatal drug overdoses each year in the U.S. and prescription drugs are the leading cause of them, according to the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse.