STATE OF ADDICTION: National Drug Take Back Day

INITIATIVE. OUTSIDE OF KROGER ON HUBBARDS
LANE IN LOUISVILLE, BOX AFTER
BOX IS FILLED WITH MEDICATIONS. >> EVERYBODY IS WORKING TOGETHER
TO HELP TAKE BACK PRESCRIPTION
NARCOTICS THAT OTHERWISE AREN’T
BEING USED OR POTENTIALLY BEING
AT RISK OF BEING ABUSE. CAROLYN: THIS IS ONE OF FIVE
DROP OFF LOCATIONS IN JEFFERSON
COUNTY FOR THE DEA’S NATIONAL
PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKEBACK DAY. >> THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO
BRING THINGS BACK SO WE CAN
DISPOSE OF THEM AND NOT POLLUTE
THE ENVIRONMENT AND GET THINGS
OFF THE SHELF WHERE SOMEBODY
MIGHT EITHER ACCIDENTALLY OVERDOSE OR IT MAY BE STOLEN AND
MISUSED. CAROLYN: DRUG TAKEBACK DAY HAS
SEEN A LOT OF SUCCESS IN THE
PAST. IN OCTOBER OF 2017, NATIONWIDE,
THE EVENT COLLECTED MORE THAN
450 TONS OF PRESCRIPTION
MEDICATIONS. IN ITS EIGHT YEAR HISTORY, THE
DEA’S TAKEBACK DAY HAS COLLECTED
A TOTAL OF 4500 TONS OF UNUSED
OR UNWANTED DRUGS. IT WAS SO SUCCESSFUL IN
LOUISVILLE THIS YEAR, THEY HAD
TO GET MORE BOXES. >> IF YOU DON’T NEED THEM, YOU
NEED TO DISPOSE OF THEM. WHAT WE’VE LEARNED IS THAT
ESPECIALLY WITH THE HEROIN
EPIDEMIC IS THAT MOST PEOPLE
STARTED WITH OPIOIDS AND THE
MAJORITY OF THOSE OPIOIDS CAME
OUT OF MEDICINE CABINETS. CAROLYN: KENTUCKY IS DEALING
WITH A HEROIN EPIDEMIC, AND
EXPERTS HOPE EDUCATION COMBINED
WITH EVENTS LIKE THIS, WILL HELP
PUT AN END TO THE CRISIS. >> IF WE CAN TAKE THESE ITEMS
OFF THE SHELF NOW OR TAKE THEM
OUT OF THE CABINETS NOW AND HELP
DISPOSE OF THEM THEN HOPEFULLY
WE CAN HELP SLOW DOWN THE
EPIDEMIC. >> I THINK WE ALL HAVE A ROLE TO
PLAY AND IF THIS IS THE WAY THAT
WE CAN TRY TO COMBAT WHAT’S
GOING ON, THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP. CAROLYN:

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