Kansas City, Missouri 2021-10-23 17:21:29 –
Kansas City, Missouri — Expired unwanted prescription drugs were discarded on Saturday to prevent their abuse.
Local hospitals and police stations take unnecessary and expired medications, which are destroyed.
This is an effort to stop the abuse of prescription drugs with a focus on opioids.
Tiffany Mason, Chief Operating Officer of Belton Regional Medical Center, said:
In Belton, Missouri, some people who dropped the drug packed a grocery bag with unnecessary prescriptions.
“Undoubtedly, this is the most responsible way. Instead of someone else getting a chance to get it, they actually dispose of it,” said David Taylor of Berton.
The DEA recently launched a “One Pill Can Kill” awareness campaign for those who are aware of the deadly surge in fake prescription drugs.
A 17-year-old girl died on October 17 after taking counterfeit prescription drugs in Chillicothe, Missouri.
Those tablets contained dangerous amounts of controlled substances.
Chillicothe police said their police officers recently responded to other overdose with counterfeit prescription drugs.
Their overdose was not fatal.
Taylor said he didn’t know what to do with his unwanted medicine and didn’t want it to fall into the wrong hands.
“So I didn’t want to put them in the trash or get a chance for someone to go through the trash and get something,” he said. “This way they know that their property has been destroyed.”
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office recently warned about the increased threat of these powerful tablets.
The sheriff’s department said they were investigating 13 cases of overdose and many victims were teenagers or young adults.
“If you buy from someone on the street, you don’t know what’s in it,” Taylor said. “So it’s a big concern to do something you don’t know what it does.”
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