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Prescription Drug Abuse in Our Region

This week on Stay Tuned we’re gathering health professionals, law enforcement officials and community members to explore one of the most dangerous and addictive substances; one that many of us have in our own homes.

In October of last year, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative collected six tons of expired and leftover medication in the St. Louis Metro region, and it’s that time again — with locations all over the region set up for mass collection. But what is the significance of those leftover prescriptions in your cabinet? Because they are prescribed by a doctor we often believe they’re safe, but the reality is that taking prescription medications to get high or self-medicate can be just as dangerous and addictive as taking illegal street drugs; and the prevalence is growing.

If you look at the opiate addicts, over half of these people started with prescription from doctor or dentist to treat pain,”

- Matthew Ellis