Orange County hosts pill drop-off day

Prescription drop off fights against teen drug abuse

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The 6th annual National Prescription Take Back Day marks the time of year for parents to clean out their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of their prescription drugs.

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Last year Orange County alone collected 500,000 pills, putting them in the trash instead of letting them fall into the hands of teenagers.

15 percent of high school students abuse prescription drugs and their ignorance about the pills is the main problem. Garavalia said that over the last few years, the death rate among teens caused by prescription drugs hasn't decreased, meaning the teens just aren't getting it.

Since 2010, when Orange County saw the highest number of deaths from prescription abuse, the number has decreased by 21 percent - but not from the ages 12 to 17.

The Centers for Disease Control say prescription drug abuse is now an epidemic that touches all families. They say most teens get their prescription drugs from friends or family. A reminder that parents could be their teen's drug dealer and not even know it.

Anyone can anonymously drop off prescription drugs Saturday, April 27, at any of the 18 Orange County locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit the Depart of Justice website or call 800-882-9539 for a collection site near you.

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