ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Prescription drug abuse has become a huge health and safety concern in our country, particularly a threat to young people.
Last year, more than 121 tons of prescription drugs were dropped off at government sites around the country as part of a drug take-back day.
The drugs were most often legal drugs kept in family medical cabinets. A second annual drop-off day will be held this Saturday at sites throughout the metro area.
“Prescription drug abuse cases are increasing and we want to prevent that abuse and get these drugs out of the hand of teens and children,” said Daniel Moren with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“Sometimes I think it does take a nationwide event such as this to be able to highlight the importance of the very statistics that were reported. This is the number one growing trend of abuse,” said Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman.
To get information on drug drop off sites near you, click on the link below.