Prescription Drug Takeback makes difference in opioid fight

URDAY. THERE WILL BE OVER A DOZEN FREE AND ANONYMOUS DROP-OFF SITES THROUGHOUT THE METRO ARE KEEGAN: 16 WAPT’S EARL ARMS HAS A PREVIEW. EARL: MISSISSIPPI’S DEA IS HELPING LEAD THE WAY LOCALLY WITH NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY. ONE DEA OFFICIAL TELL US IT’S A WAY FOR PEOPLE TO TURN IN EXPIRED OR UNUSED PRESCRIPTIONS WITHOUT LEAVING THEIR CARS, NO QUESTIONS ASKED. >> IT’S A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR AMERICANS THROUGHOUT THE UNITE STATES TO MAKE THEIR HOME SAFE, AND THEIR MEDICINE CABINETS SAVE, FROM THEFT AND POSSIBLE ABUSE. EARL THE DEA SAYS MISSISSIPPI : ALONE COLLECTED OVER 4,000 POUNDS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS DURING THE LAST TAKE-BACK IN APRIL. ONE OFFICIAL FROM THE MISSISSIPPI BUREAU OF NARCOTICS SAYS THEIR GOAL IS TO NOT ONLY COLLECT DRUGS OFF THE STREET, BUT TO MAKE THE PUBLIC AWARE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF OPIOID ABUSE. >> WE ARE ENLIGHTENING ALL O SOCIETY, AS TO WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. WE KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND ABOUT OPIOIDS OR ADDICTION. EARL: AN EXAMPLE IS HOW THE DEA SAYS WHEN OPIOID USE GOES DOWN, HEROIN USE GOES UP. THEY SAY THE AMOUNT OF ILLEGAL POPPYS GROWN IN MEXICO HAS GRO TO AND A HALF TIMES IN THE LAST FO YEARS, MEANING 70 TONS OF HEROIN WHICH, THEY SAY, WILL BE SMUGGLED INTO THE UNITED STATES. THEY ADMIT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IS A NEWER PROBLEM, A REASON WHY HEY SAY EACH STATE NOW HAS THEIR OWN AGENCIES, INCLUDING MISSISSIPPI’S OPIOID TASK FORCE. >> THEY REALIZE JUST LIKE WE DO , THAT WE HAVE AN EPIDEMIC IN MISSISSIPPI. SO, ALTHOUGH THESE ARE NEW TYPE CASES WE’RE DEALING WITH AS FAR AS HEALTH PROVIDERS, WE’RE WORKING HAND IN LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AS WELL AS FEDERAL. EARL LOCAL, COUNTY AND STATE : OFFICIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO

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