Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

Law Enforcement takes part in National Drug Take-Back Day

Law Enforcement takes part in National Drug Take-Back Day

In a study, the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse say 86 percent of heroin users used opioid pain relievers recreationally before they ever used heroin. Police said that disposing of medications the correct way can keep them out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them.

The nationwide fight against opioid abuse continues, getting those unused prescription drugs out of homes, and stopping them from being sold on the streets is top priority for law enforcement. "They got them over 70 percent of the time from a family member or a friend", said Wisconsin Attorney General, Brad Schimel.

The drug take-back day is aimed at keeping the potentially risky, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs out of the hands of substance abusers and preventing the drugs from contaminating the environment and water supplies.

Plains Township police were among local police departments taking part in "National Drug Take Back Day".

Partnering with the D.E.A., the Rapid City Police Department urged all residents to bring unused or unwanted prescription drugs to the public safety building for safe disposal. "We ask, what can to start the drug abuse conversation and the drug take back certainly starts the conversation", explains Jack. "Children could get a hold of them".

The day is an effort to prevent theft, addiction and overdose deaths by prescriptions meds.

The event runs from 10 2 p.m.

During an event in 2016, more than 893,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected nationally, DEA officials said.

"We're not out to get people in trouble for disposing of it properly", he said.

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