D.E.A. And Laredo Organization Join Forces To Collect Drugs
Oct 26, 2013 at 10:27 PM CST
Oct 26, 2013
I’m Adriana Arce. It was national drug take day in which Laredoan’s and communities across the U.S. disposed of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medication no questions asked. James Johnson joins us with the story, James.
Locally D-E-A joined forces with the Webb County Community Coalition in an effort to safely dispose of any drugs you may no longer need.
Twice a year in the United States, once in spring and the other in fall National Take Back Initiative is in full swing in communities across the country. Not to be left out, Laredo also takes part in this event allowing the community to come and drop off any unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.
[cg:newsuper\veronica jimenez\program coordinator] 28:43:26 <<<"were asking the public if they have anything they'd like to dispose of people do it properly. Do not flush it down the toilet or throw it in the trash because it can be harmful to the environment.
Last time D.E.A. and the Webb County Community Coalition did this event they collected 700 pounds of medications that were either expired or unwanted. Laredo has taken part in this event the last 3 years with huge success. The Take Back Initiative addresses a vital safety and public health issue, much of the prescription medication found in homes are often abused.
[cg:newsuper\veronica jimenez\program coordinator] 28:57:13 <<<"there's a lot of people that misuse medications/ 29:45:22 <<<"we are taking all these medications with no questions asked.
Prescription drug abuse rates in the U.S. have been increasing at alarming rates, as well as the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
[cg:newsuper\james johnson\kgns reporter] "According to reports the best thing to do with your prescription medication is to put in a place where access is limited and away from kids.
[cg:newsuper\veronica jimenez\program coordinator] 30:20:02 <<<"don't have any controlled substances or prescription substances within the reach of children. 30:06:11 <<<"we have seen an increase of prescription drug abuse in our community and also in the nation.
The next Take Back Initiative will be six months from now.
Today there were two places to drop off your unwanted medication. One was the Laredo Fire Department administration building and the other a local elementary school. If you know someone or maybe you are currently having a problem with substance abuse you can call the SCAN offices at 724-3177 for help. For KGNS, I’m James Johnson.