Drug Take Back Day Successful, Organizers Say

Campbell Co., VA - Law enforcement agencies across the country spent Saturday gathering unneeded prescription drugs and raising awareness about their dangers. Seven of the last eight drug-related deaths in Campbell County have been due to prescription drug overdose, and it's not just the abuse of the drugs that's a problem. Campbell County Sheriff Steve Hutcherson says they've also seen a rise in thefts, people breaking into homes and raiding medicine cabinets. The Sheriff says they had a line of people waiting to drop off their un-used prescription drugs Saturday morning. They collected bags of the drugs, which will be disposed of properly by the DEA. HIPE, or Healthy Individuals through Prevention and Education was on hand as well. Organizers say the event is all about promoting healthy decision making and keeping the community safe. "Prescription drugs in this country have become an epidemic problem, we hear about it on the news all the time and I think in small community's like that we don't necessarily think it's as dangerous as it can be, but we know that you know, little hands, curious little, kids, just prescription medicines in cabinets and things, that's often the first place somebody tries a medication that they shouldn't have," said Lauren Hudson who is a prevention specialist with HIPE. The Sheriff's Office also checked child car-seats, and Kodiak from Lynchburg was there to shred personal documents and files. Hutcherson says the event was so successful they're already making plans for next year.