NewsTalk: Drug Takeback Day

Another agency on the front line of the war on drugs is the Center for Family Life and Recovery.

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 2:02 PM

Another agency on the front line of the war on drugs is the Center for Family Life and Recovery.

Cassandra Sheets from the center, joined Jason Powles in studio to talk about the Drug Takeback Day.

This Saturday, April 27, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Our country is currently going through a severe epidemic where people are losing their lives to opioid addiction and overdose deaths.

Prescription opioid abuse is becoming increasingly prevalent among high school students. And their number one source for opioids isn't a local dealer; it's their medicine cabinet. In 2017, there was over 70,000 overdose deaths associated with opioids. The United States accounts for 5 percent of the world's population; yet the U.S. consumes approximately 80 percent of the world's prescription opioids.

In 2016, Sixty percent of hospitalizations were a direct result of opioid misuse and abuse. The list of stats and research is endless.

If you have unused medication that you no longer need (even it's expired), think about finding your local police department and disposing the medication there. It's anonymous!! Drug addiction and overdose deaths don't discriminate- they have the potential to affect anyone that chooses them.

It's time to start fighting back!

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