STATE OF ADDICTION: U.S. Attorney, DEA, police discuss drug take-back initiativeo

S SAY. WE TRY TO PROTECT OUR KIDS FROM DRUG DEALERS, AND THEN LEAVE POWERFUL PAINKILLERS SITTING AROUND IN OUR MEDICINE CABINETS. >> MEDICATIONS THAT INITIALLY WERE PRESCRIBED FOR MEDICAL PURPOSE, BUT ARE NOT BEING UTILIZED, AND LEFT IN THE MEDICINE CABINET, ARE FRANKLY A LOADED GUN IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD. MARK: U.S. ATTORNEY RUSSELL COLEMAN SAYS LEGAL, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FUELED THE NATION’S OPIOID EPIDEMIC, NOW SO BAD, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP DECLARED IT A NATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY. THAT’S WHY COLEMAN JOINED OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, TO PROMOTE SATURDAY’S DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT. >> EVERY 25 MINUTES IN THIS COUNTRY, A NEWBORN IS BORN WITH WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS FROM OPIOIDS. IN THE TIME THAT SOMEBODY WATCHES A TV SHOW, THEY WATCH YOUR NEWS BROADCAST, ANOTHER CHILD IN THIS NATION IS BORN UNDERGOING THAT CHALLENGE. , MARK: KENTUCKY STATE POLICE CHIEF RICK SANDERS SAYS, HE KNOWS SOMEONE WHO BECAME ADDICTED AFTER COMPLAINING OF A , HEADACHE TO A FRIEND. >> HE SAID, WE CAN FIX THAT. HE WENT TO THE MEDICINE CABINET OF HIS PARENTS, PULLED OUT A PILL, AND GAVE IT TO HIS FRIEND. THAT BEGAN HIS ADDICTION. MARK: MANY PATIENTS USE ONLY A PORTION OF THE POWERFUL PAINKILLERS THEY ARE PRESCRIBED. LAST YEAR, DRUG TAKE BACK EVENTS TOOK IN 450 TONS OF MEDICATIONS. >> SO, I ENCOURAGE PARENTS, NOT ONLY UTILIZE THE RESOURCES WE’RE DISCUSSING HERE TODAY, BUT USE THIS AS AN IMPETUS TO DISCUSS THIS THREAT WITH YOUR KIDS. OUR KIDS ARE WORTH TOO MUCH, THE RISK IS TOO GREAT, AND THE MARGIN OF ERROR IS JUST TOO SLIM. MARK: THIS WALGREEN’S HERE, IS JUST ONE OF 70 DROP-OFF LOCATIONS ACROSS SOUTHERN INDIANA AND KENTUCKY. YOU CAN DROP OFF YOUR DRUGS TOMORROW. WE’VE GOT MORE LOCATIONS ON OUR WEBSITE, WLKY.COM, AND OUR MOBILE APP. AND YOU CAN ALSO CALL THIS NUMBER. 800-882-9539.

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  1. Opioid pain meds are the best drugs for post-surgical or severe or cancer pain, and they never go bad if kept in a cool dry place, but if the drug manufacturers, retailers and government can convince you to turn them in, they can make more profits and put you on a list if you ever need to buy more at a later date. Put your pain pills in your gun lockers if your stupid, bratty, dope-addled children can't be trusted not to abuse them.
    I have a half bottle of Paregoric from the 1960's in my cabinet in case I ever need it. Hopefully it will never jump out and addict me!

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