- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio sheriff says an immunity program allowing people to hand over potentially deadly drugs and drug paraphernalia led one resident to turn in some drug paraphernalia.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says the individual brought the collection to one of the sheriff’s district offices on Sunday. Neil said Tuesday that the collection included two hypodermic needles, several crack pipes, five plastic straws with drug residue and other paraphernalia. The person told authorities he was holding them for a friend going through a drug treatment program but wanted to make sure the friend didn’t return to using drugs.

A judge last month approved the immunity program at the request of Neil and the county prosecutor amid a sudden increase of overdoses across the Cincinnati area.

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