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Delaware Aims to Reduce Drug Abuse With Drug Take Back Event

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Prescription medication. Prescription medication.

People with unused or expired prescription medications can drop them off at several sites around Delaware on Saturday during a statewide drug take back event.

The event is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 27 locations throughout the state, many of which are police stations. The collection drive is partially aimed at encouraging people to check their medicine cabinets for drugs that can be abused or cause addiction.

Officials with Delaware's Division of Public Health say 198 people died from accidental and intentional drug poisonings in 2015, up nine deaths from the previous year. The Drug Enforcement Administration also says eight of 10 people who begin using heroin moved over to the illicit drug after abusing prescription painkillers but could no longer obtain or afford them.

Betsy Jones with the Kent County chapter of the atTAcK Addiction organization has two children recovering from drug addiction. She said she hopes parents take advantage of Saturday's event.

"Just remove the possibility that your child or child's friend is going to pick up a medication and start that path to addiction.

M/Cpl. Gary Fournier, a Delaware State Police spokesman, said the event can help prevent younger children from ingesting potentially harmful medication the may think is candy. He also noted that it can prevent older children like teenagers or young adults from getting a hold of the medication.

"These kids might do something other than use them. They may sell them or get addicted to them and lead to something more dangerous like heroin," he said.

You can view a list of locations participating in the event on the Division of Public Health's website.

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