Posted: Apr 26, 2012 6:53 PM by Jacqui Heinrich
Updated: Apr 27, 2012 9:27 AM
There's a push to crack down on deaths from drug overdoses, and the hidden killers could be in your medicine cabinet. A majority of new abusers of pain killers got the drugs from friends or family.
The survey from the Office of National Drug Control Policy shows 68% of new abusers got those drugs for free or took them without asking. Prescription drug death rates in Colorado are now almost three times higher than deaths related to alcohol; it's a big problem among teens. "They feel that getting prescription medication is easier than buying beer...It goes back to the whole idea that its safe because it's prescribed, it's manufactured, it's FDA tested, it's FDA approved," Matthew Barden, a DEA agent in Colorado Springs told News 5.
To combat the problem the DEA is hosting a massive drug take-back initiative, asking people with unused prescriptions to dispose of them safely this weekend at drop-off locations across Colorado. Collections will run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM this Saturday, April 28th. For a full list of locations near you, go to this link.