Drug Take-Back Day Keeps Leftover Medications Out Of Abuser Hands

. COVERING COLORADO FIRST AT 10:00. TODAY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES FROM AROUND THE STATE WORKED TO HELP OPIOID PREVENTION. IT IS AIMED AT GETTING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FROM GETTING INTO THE WRONG HANDS. DILLON THOMAS JOINS US LIVE IN THORNTON AND DRUG AGENTS WERE ABLE TO COLLECT PILES OF UNUSED DRUGS. KATHY, MANY OF US HAVE GONE TO OUR LOCAL PHARMACY TO PICK UP A PRESCRIPTION AND LATER REALIZED WE DIDN’T NEED AS MANY PILLS AS WE WERE GIVEN. IT’S THOSE EXCESS PILLS. THEY SAY THEY ARE SITTING AROUND IN MEDICINE CABINETS JUST WAITING TO BE ABUSED, SOMETIMES BY CHILDREN. MIRK HAS AN OPIOID PROBLEM. THERE ARE 2.6 MILLION. AND WHILE COLORADO IS KNOWN TO BE A HEALTHY STATE. COLORADO IS NOT IMMUNE FROM IT. IN MANY CASES ACROSS THE GREAT A LOT OF OPIOID ABUSE COMES FROM THE HOUSEHOLD. LEFT OTHER PRESCRIPTIONS ARE SITTING IN MEDICINE CABINETS WAITING TO BE ABUSED. HIGH SCHOOL KIDS HAVE BECOME ADIGGED TO HEROIN AFTER STARTING OUT WITH THE PILLS. WHICH IS WHY THEY HOSTED THE DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT. THEY OVERUSE THEM, THEY START TO ABUSE THEM AND ONCE THEY RUN OUT THEY GO SEEKING THEM OUT. SO NEARLY 100 STATIONS WERE SET UP ACROSS THE STATE TO COLLECT UNUSED DRUGS. THE MEDICATIONS WERE THEN TRANSPORTED TO THE DEA HEADQUARTERS WHERE THEY WERE UNLOADED, WEIGHED AND LOADED INTO TRUCKS AGAIN. LAST APRIL MORE THAN 16,000 POUNDS OF PILLS WERE COLLECTED IN COLORADO ALONE. ACROSS THE COUNTRY IT WAS 912,000 POUNDS. THE DRUGS ARE LATER SHIPPED OUT OF STATE TO BE DESTROYED. BY DOING THE TAKE BACK EVENT THE DEA HOPES THEY ARE PREVENTS MANY FROM STARTING DOWN THE PATH TO ADDICTION. THIS IS A BY ANNUAL EVENT BUT THE DEA SAID THEY HOPE TO HAVE MANY DIFFERENT LOCATIONS AROUND THE STATE. BUT AS FOR NOW THERE ARE SEVERAL DIFFERENT LOCATIONS AROUND THE YEAR. TO FIND YOUR LOCAL LOCATION,

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