Putting Safety First: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 2018

GUEST COLUMN: Take your town back from opioid epidemic
Drug Awareness: Disposal
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01 May, 2018

"The pills or any types of prescription drugs that are sitting around the home and they get into the wrong hands", said Patrolman Kendric Baker.

If you have unwanted drugs, then you can help.

"The opioid crisis is huge where I'm from and that's why I wanted to do this, to try and help", said Foos.

And in Wilkes-Barre, a prescription medication collection site was et-up on the grounds of the Luzerne county courthouse. "So, it is good to have events like this to get the stuff out of the house and let us take care of it", says DEA Special Agent Todd Kuehnlein.

"Thank God that I can bring them here and I know they won't hurt anybody and they'll be disposed of properly", said Dorothy Fleischhauer, a Bartlett resident.

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Capretto says he and his team, which works in the six major westside suburbs, are extremely busy. "That's who we pursue, the trafficker more than the possessor", Capretto said.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 115 people everyday in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.

If you didn't make it to Saturday's event, Vestavia Hill Police offers 24-hour access to anonymous prescription drug take back in the lobby.

Whether it was prescription painkillers or over the counter medicine, people handed over their unwanted drugs to law enforcement Saturday.


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