Last Saturday, October 28, was National Drug Prescription Take-Back Day. The purpose of the nationally recognized day is to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs. Salem’s Super Shoes parking lot was one of several area locations that gave local residents an opportunity to do just that.
“Because of the size of the parking lot, we are able to place cones and signs for the citizens to pull up to officers and drop off their unused drugs with ease,” Sergeant Scott Haston said. “The managers of Super Shoes have always been more than friendly and courteous with allowing the police department to use the parking lot.”
The supervisor of the Forensics division of the police department added: “These are great community events where local law enforcements get to interact with the public. It provides an atmosphere where officers and citizens can be relaxed and share a positive experience.”
Volunteers from the Western Virginia Water Authority, Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC) and area law enforcements were on hand to assist at many locations.
Prescription drug addiction is not uncommon in America. “99 percent of the world’s opioids are consumed by Americans. Signs of addiction to these highly addictive drugs can be seen in as little as three days,” Tracy Coltrain, RAYSAC Director, said. “Addiction can affect anyone, and everyone and almost everyone knows someone who has struggled with this issue.”
Through Jaycee Paige’s nearly two-decade battle with prescription drugs, he says that he hit rock bottom time after time again. The father of three now uses his personal story to encourage others. “It’s just not worth it,” he said. “There are people out there who care for you, but you have to be willing to help yourself if true progress is ever going to happen.”
Brandon Clark, 48-years-old, made a deal with his family in 2012. “I was addicted to Nexium at the time. I told them I would turn in my prescription drugs if they promised to hold me accountable,” he said. “It was hard at first, but I eventually overcame that mental block. It can be done. I am living proof.”
Nearly 350 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in last Saturday at the Super Shoes parking lot.
“There are numerous private businesses like Walgreens who are starting drug drop boxes in their stores,” Tracy Coltrain said. “It is never too late to invest in yourself and your health.”