Oct 26, 2013 7:29 PM by Sam Salzwedel
TUCSON - Drug overdoses kill more people than car accidents in Arizona, according to a report from the Trust for America's Health.
Most of those overdoses are from prescription drugs.
Law enforcement agencies across the country held drug disposal events Saturday.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department accepted drugs from people at the Safeway at Cardinal Avenue and Valencia Road.
Deputy Cheryl Berry said a lot of teenage drug abuse starts with prescriptions.
"They don't care what it is, as long as it looks like it's in a prescription bottle," Berry said. "They'll just go ahead and take the pills. Take them to school and would try them. Because they always feel like they're going to be able to get some kind of high from them."
The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on hydrocodone, a commonly abused painkiller. The FDA wants patients to see doctors in person more often before getting refills.
Janice Crist brought expired drugs to deputies at Safeway Saturday, but she was not worried about them getting in the wrong hands.
"It can be bad for the environment," Crist said, "get into the water system. And that's not good."
The prescriptions will be checked into PCSD's evidence. Then the Drug Enforcement Administration will pick them up and incinerate them.
Agencies have hosted drug takeback events for years, mostly on weekends. Now, Tucson Police Department stations accept drugs for proper disposal.