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Douglas County Sheriff’s Office holds prescription drug roundup

Staff reports

Volunteers from Citizen Patrol helped the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office collect 18 boxes of medications on Drug Take Back Day.

Nearly 20 boxes of medications were turned over for safe disposal when the Douglas County Sheriff's Office participated in Drug Take Back Day on April 29.

Citizen Patrol volunteered to staff five locations in Douglas County so that residents could drop off unwanted or expired prescriptions along with over-the-counter medications.

Staff was able to turn in 18 boxes of medications, which was more than last October's collection.

The Sheriff's Office said the majority of prescription drug abusers said in a survey that they get their drugs through friends, family or going through a medicine cabinet.

Cleaning out a medicine cabinet helps prevents overdoses, which numbered 78 per day in the US in 2014.

Disposing of medications also reduces theft, accidents and misuse of medications. Eight out of 10 heroin users began with prescription medication abuse of opioids, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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"DCSO will continue to participate in these DEA events to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic that is occurring in this country, and offer a safe and anonymous way to get rid of their medications," said Sheriff Pierini.

Sheriff Pierini thanks Citizen Patrol for their participation. The next Take Back event will be in October.