New prescription drug drop box

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

Story County Sheriff Paul H. Fitzgerald is pleased to announce the installation of a prescription drug drop box inside the main entryway of the Story County Justice Center, located at 1315 South B Ave. in Nevada. The drop box will provide community members a safe, easy way to properly dispose of expired or unneeded prescription drugs. The hope is to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of children and others that may come in contact with them. This service is offered free of charge during normal business hours and the prescription drugs may be dropped off anonymously.

The facts and statistics about prescription drug abuse are staggering:

• Every day, 40 Americans die from an overdose caused by prescription painkiller abuse, according to the U.S. Center of Disease Control. Overdoses of opioid prescription drugs now kill more people in the U.S. than heroin and cocaine combined.

• In the United States, every day 2,500 youths take a prescription pain reliever for the purpose of getting high for the very first time, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

• The number of American teenagers and adults who abuse prescription drugs is greater than those who use cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services.