Officials Warn Of The Dangers Of Prescription Pills

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MARSHALL CO., Ala. (WHNT) — The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is having a prescription pill round-up Friday.

Officials say what seems harmless enough can actually be detrimental if abused. Marshall County Assistant District Attorney Chris Abel says abusing prescription pills can especially be harmful to the younger generation. “Most children seem to go from prescription drugs to marijuana,” Abel says.

He says prescription drugs are a gateway drug. “Most prescription drugs are very addictive, and again, it leads to more serious drugs.”

Abel says having the drugs on hand but not using them makes it especially easy for kids and teens to get ahold of them.

Officials say the pills are also leading to an alarming statistic. “There’s a recent study not just for Alabama but for the Southeast that prescription pill overdose actually the number of deaths outnumbered the death rate for meth, cocaine, and heroine combined,” Abel says.

He adds kids are especially at risk.”Most children believe that if it’s prescribed to them, or a parent, it can’t be bad for them,” Abel says.

Abel says it’s better to turn in the pills to have them disposed of properly. If thrown out your information can be taken off the bottle and disposing them improperly can actually hurt the environment.

There will be four locations set up in Marshall County and you can drop any expired or unwanted pills off from nine until 12.  Abel says there will be no questions asked.

The four locations are the Guntersville, Albertville and Arab rec centers and the Boaz Senior Center.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is also having a pill round-up on Saturday at the Jackson County Courthouse from 10 until two.

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