A ninth retailer has signed up to participate in Kern County's efforts to rein in local opioid abuse.

The Medicine Shoppe at 5465 Auburn St., Suite B, will soon host a medication drop box where people will be encouraged to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Kern Rx Return program, administered by the county's Behavioral Health & Recovery Services, has collected more than 120 pounds of unused medications so far this year.

State records indicate Kern suffered 51 opioid overdoses in 2016.

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