The DEA is joining with local communities to stop the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. Many communities around the country are participating in this event to save lives. That’s the goal of this entire event.
“Most teenagers have their first experience in abusing prescription drugs from pills they’ve taken from the medicine cabinets of those they know,” said Tony Pettigrew, a DEA agent and Newburyport resident. “Prescription drug abuse here in New England is a big problem. It’s a huge street drug. This will help people clean out their medicine cabinets safely, and the DEA will be taking all the drugs collected and disposing of them for the police departments who take part.”
Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, according to Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy, with a prime source of pills, not from drug dealers, but coming right out of the family home.
Drug Addiction Treatment Centers has seen a huge increase in the clients that are addicted to prescription drugs. Many claim that they first took a pill right from their own medicine cabinet. Before you rush out for dinner, tuck yourself in bed or go to work…remember check your medicine cabinet, lock up all medication and know how many pills you have everyday. If you are no longer using the medication make sure you dispose of it properly. Don’t keep it around, it could kill someone.