On Saturday folks in Rapid City had the chance to help save lives with the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program. "It takes them out of homes, out of medicine cabinets where someone could have access to those drugs to be used in an unlawful way", said Wade Barnes.
Hundreds of thousands of prescription pills were collected across the country today for the 15th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It's part of an ongoing effort to fight the growing opioid crisis.
The event kicks off from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. right here at KIII Studios located at 5002 SPID. Some have year-round drug disposal boxes for residents.
The drug take-back day is aimed at keeping the potentially risky, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs out of the hands of substance abusers and preventing the drugs from contaminating the environment and water supplies. "Every single year it's declined in numbers".
In 2017, more than 450 tons of unwanted prescription drugs were collected across the nation. "That's not good", she said.
Many police precincts had special collection boxes where anyone could do just that on Saturday.
The take back initiative only accepts pills and patches that are expired or unused; no needles or inhalers were taken. Knight said she expected Saturday's haul would easily surpass previous numbers. "This is the safe way and this gives me a way to save the environment".
"Who wants extra drugs around the house anyways?"
If you have any old medications that you would like to get rid of, we have a way for you to do that safely.