CLEVELAND, Ohio -- U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown made a stop in Cleveland Friday afternoon to encourage people to get rid of their unnecessary prescription pills in an effort to tackle Ohio's opioid epidemic. 

Brown, who has advocated for additional funding for treatment and addiction prevention, said the pill buyback program is one of the safest and immediate ways to get rid of dangerous prescription pills. 

"It's not going to solve the opioid epidemic, but it will contribute to making sure people --particularly kids -- don't accidentally get these drugs," he said.