OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – This weekend, law enforcement agencies participated in a nationwide campaign to stop drugs from both abusers and children.
Drug Detention Day was held on Saturday, and Sarpy County Sheriff Division was glad to help the Papillion effort.
"Sometimes people do not need medication anymore, or if they are on auto-refill and they do not take it anymore, they have a surplus and instead they leave those drugs lying around that were inadvertently ingested by children accidental poisoning and also around to prevent them being diverted to illegal use, "said MEP Gary Mackeprang.
Studies show that much of the abused prescription medication is received by family and friends, including from the medicine cabinet. Michael Hogner brought along his old medication because he did not want his prescription numbers abused.
"If you kick them out and put the VA down, you just need the prescription number and people can take your prescriptions and all of your fills and sells them on the street to people who do not need them but have addictions," said Hogner.
Others, such as Sakura Yodogawa-Campbell, participated in the safety of their children. She said, "Most important to me, I have a little kid and I do not want a temptation to be there and sure she gets into something by accident."
At a similar event last October, Americans have thrown 456 tons of prescription drugs. Overall, DEA and its partners have taken more than 9 million pounds in their 1