Pill take back event Saturday

By DeeAnna Haney | Mar 20, 2013

Recent numbers show prescription pill overdoses kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.

One in every four deaths investigated by the Haywood County medical examiner’s office are caused by prescription drug overdoses.

Many victims are unsuspecting teenagers looking for a good time. Every day in the United States, 2,700 teens abuse prescription pills for the first time, according to the Foundation for a Drug Free World.

That's why law enforcement is encouraging the public to dispose of outdated and unwanted medication as part of a pill take back event.

The Waynesville Police Department is hosting a local take back at Ingles on Barber Boulevard in Waynesville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23.

The Canton Police Department is also hosting one at Ingles on Champion Drive in Canton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the same day.

Those who have old prescriptions can drop them off at the event, however, officers will not accept syringes. Prescriptions collected will be turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for safe disposal.

Waynesville, Canton and Maggie Valley police departments and the Haywood County Sheriff's Office all have a permanent prescription medication drop box located at the outside entrance of each location. The boxes, which are under constant video surveillance, are open 24/7 for people to drop off their old and unwanted prescriptions.