Niagara Gazette

Crime

September 27, 2012

National Take Back Initiative returns Saturday

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Niagara Gazette — According to Hochul, studies show one out of every six high school students say they have taken a prescription pill without a doctor's prescription. Out of that number, one in three says the pill was given to them by a friend or family member.

"The corner drug dealer here is really your own medicine cabinet," Hochul said. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, fatal poisonings from (prescription drug) overdoses tripled nationally to nearly 14,000 deaths between 1999 and 2006 and emergency room visits for the misuse of prescription drugs doubled from 500,000 to 1 million between 2004 and 2008.

Hochul said he believes the message about the danger of having unwanted or unneeded prescriptions lying around the house is getting out and that's why the April initiative here saw the largest drop off total in the nation.

"All these substances begin as a legal commodity," the U.S. Attorney said. "It's what happens after they get in the home that presents the danger."

DRUG DROP OFFS All locations will accept drop-offs between 10 a.m, and 2 p.m. Saturday. LEWISTON -- Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road NIAGARA FALLS -- Former Falls police headquarters, 520 Hyde Park Boulevard

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