Emergency room visits resulting from taking prescription drugs increased by 45% between 2004 and 2010 for kids under 20. That's according to a study done by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The Dothan Police Department is teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Administration, to get rid of these old medications the right way. Keeping your medicine cabinet clear of old prescriptions could keep them from getting into the wrong hands. Many kids don't realize some of these medications can be just as dangerous as narcotics.
"There's not enough education to teach them. They know, say no to drugs and they're thinking that's street drugs like cocaine, heroin whatever - they've got that message. But they don't really understand that a prescription drug that has been prescribed to their friend or a parent is not for them it's for a specific thing,” said Sherryl Walker, Child Advocacy Center.
The Dothan Police Department will host their drug take back day on Saturday. Old prescriptions can be dropped off in front of the police department from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.