‘Addiction is a terrible beast’: Drug take back Saturday

— PLAYING ON THE READY. — PLA NES READY. JENNIFER: RIGHT NOW, — REPORTER: OREGON CONTINUES TO MAKE HEADLINES FOR HAVING THE SECOND HIGHEST RATE OF OPIATE PRESCRIPTION ABUSE. THIS WEEKEND, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS ARE GOING TO BE TAKING BACK YOUR DRUGS. ADDICTION IS A TERRIBLE BEASTS. REPORTER: CAM STRAHM IS THE ASSISTANT SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE FOR THE DEA IN OREGON. EVERY DAY, HIS AGENTS WITNESSED THE EFFECTS OF OPIOID ADDICTION AND ABUSE. ACCORDING TO OHSU, 15,000 PEOPLE DIE FROM PRESCRIPTION OPIOID OVERDOSE ACROSS THE COUNTRY EVERY YEAR. THE ABUSE OFTEN STARTS WITH A PRESCRIPTION FROM THE DOCTOR. YOU SEE THE MEDICINE CABINET AS A STARTING FOR POINT EXPERIMENTATION. THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT CAN AFFECT ANY FAMILY AT ANY SOCIO-ECONOMIC LEVEL. REPORTER: OREGON’S U.S. ATTORNEY BILLY WILLIAMS KNOWS THE PAIN ADDICTION CAN CAUSE FAMILIES. HIS FATHER STRUGGLED WITH ADDICTION FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS. THE PRESCRIPTION FOR OPIOID PAINKILLER FOR WILLIAM’S FATHER CAME AFTER A SEVERE INJURY. IT IS SOMETHING HE ALWAYS RATIONALIZED SAYING THAT THE DOCTORS, YOU KNOW, IT’S A PRESCRIPTION AND I’M FOLLOWING DOCTOR’S ORDERS. THAT BECAME KIND OF HIS PATTERN. REPORTER: ADDITION TOOK A PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL TOLL ON WILLIAMS AND HIS FATHER. HE NEVER WANTED TO HEAR THAT HE WAS ADDICTED, AND HE WAS. REPORTER: THIS WEEKEND ON SATURDAY, LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT THROUGHOUT OUR AREA AND THE DEA WILL BE COLLECTING DRUGS ESPECIALLY PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS AS PART OF A NATION INITIATIVE AIMED AT COLLECTING OLD AND UNWANTED DRUGS. THE HOPE IS PARENTS WILL TURN IN PAINKILLERS TO PREVENT ANOTHER STATIC. YOU CAN GO TO OUR WEBSITE AT KOIN.COM RIGHT NOW AND FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ON THIS DRUG

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