Prescription Drug Take-Back Day News Conference

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day News Conference


– Good morning everyone,
welcome to the DEA Tampa district office. My name is Mike Furgason, I’ll spell my last name for you its F-u-r-g-a-s-o-n to my right I have Hillsborough
County Sheriff Chronister. Additionally to the right
of Sheriff Chronister is Amy Hickerson, and to
my left is Rudy Sassario. I’d like to welcome
y’all to DEA. This weekend on Saturday,
October 27th between the hours of 10 and 2, we’re having our
national take back initiative. We would like to welcome the
public out to those sites, we have more than a hundred
and twenty two sites throughout the area, throughout Tampa and
we will be taking unwanted, expired and unused medicine.
Opioids are a problem throughout the area, if you
look into the statistics. According to the CDC, more
than fifty four percent of the juveniles and individuals
that overdose on opioids they receive them from family, friends and medicine cabinets. This project this Saturday
is completely anonymous. Again, it’s free
and at this time I’d like to turn it over
to Sheriff Chronister to say a few words and discuss ongoing operations in
the Tampa Bay area. Sheriff. – Thank you Mike. With each passing day,
the number of people that abuse prescription drugs,
the number of overdoses, the number of babies born
addicted to prescription drugs continues to rise and raise
to new epidemic levels. Its programs like this,
that we can come together. When I say we, we law
enforcement and community come together to do
everything that we can within our power,
to make sure we’re reducing the likelihood
of anyone getting a hold of the unused, unwanted
or expired medications. Think about that, think
about the staggering number that comes along with the
fact that how many children, how many people
abuse these drugs and get them from the
family medicine cabinet. Think about the
environmental impact when someone decides
not a problem, I’m just gonna go ahead and
throw it down the drain, I’ll go ahead and throw
it down the toilet. There’s a place, a city up in
Northwest part of the country somewhere that a lot
of people decided to do that and they shutdown, they poisoned the
whole water system and it shutdown the city. I wanted to throw out a stat that I was reading that
I thought was staggering. There’s enough
prescription medications, out in circulation
that medicate every adult American for
an entire month. There’s a lot of
prescriptions out there, there’s a lot of
prescription abuse that comes along with that. We again, community
and law enforcement must do everything
that we can to reduce the likelihood that
these narcotics, these prescription medications may fall under the wrong hand. It’s a program and
a partnership that we have with the Drug
Enforcement Agency and a program like
this the prescription take back program
that’s a phenomenal it’s convenient, it’s
anonymous and as your sheriff I encourage everybody to take
advantage of an opportunity to get rid of these
unused medications. Do everything you can to help
us prevent just one overdose. One experiment that a
juvenile decides that their gonna try mom
and dads prescription. Please I encourage everybody
to take advantage of such a easy convenient
program this weekend. I also would be remiss if
I didn’t say its success, of programs like this
that encouraged all of us at the Sheriffs office at each
of the five patrol districts. We have a turn in box,
another anonymous program that throughout the year
somebody can come in and the only thing
that we ask is that you put it in a clear bag or
we’ll put it in a clear bag. We just want to make sure
its just medications that are going into our pill drop box. But again, lets do everything
we can to protect our younger generation and protect
the environment that we have to live with. I couldn’t be more proud and more grateful for
our partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency. I also read that over
the past several years, they have gotten tens of
millions of tons of unwanted prescription drugs
off the street That could of fell
into the wrong hands, With programs like this,
so Mr. Furgason I thank you and your entire staff for
what you’re doing and for continuing to do
programs like this. I would be remiss if I didn’t
thank CVS, its always been such a great partner
in allowing us to have off site
convenience of people, to be able to turn in these
unwanted prescription drugs. So again, please I encourage
our community to take advantage of such a
convenient anonymous program to get rid of these unwanted
prescription drugs so they don’t fall into the wrong hands. We must work together to
keep this community safe. – DEA is excited about its
sixteenth take back day. We started this in 2010
and we’re super excited to offer this twice a year. So this year on Saturday, this
coming Saturday from 10 to 2 you can log on to the
website at deatakeback.com and find a location nearest
you, so you can go anonymously and drop off anything that’s
in your medicine cabinet. It’s important to clean
out your medicine cabinet. There could be something
leftover from a surgery that you have and you just don’t
want friends or family to have access to that. That is where many Americans
are becoming addicted, unfortunately its in
our medicine cabinet. So this is an opportunity
to log on to our website at deatakeback.com find a
location nearest you, and be able to partner
with us to help all of this drugs off of the street. Thank you. – Any questions anybody? – Why should people just
not throw them in the trash? – It becomes an environmental
issue, its how its gonna seep into our water
ways our water system. Same as people thinking
why don’t I just throw it in the toilet and get
rid of them that way. It poisons the water system,
no different if you put in the landfill its gonna seep
its was into the water system and poison our water system. – Anything else? – Sheriff, Why is this
important to you? Personally? Getting drugs of the street. – Me personally as far as
my family, or me personally? – Personally to make sure
we keep our streets safe. Why is that so important to you? – Well because we see
a lot of the larcenies, a lot of the thefts, a
lot of the crimes that are being committed is
because that individual is not a bad person,
it’s because that addict is trying to feed an addiction. So if we can keep one less
person from being addicted, we’re going to prevent
one less crime. If we keep one less person
from being addicted, we’re going to keep one
less person from overdosing here in Hillsborough County. Maybe keep one less
child from being born addicted to some type of drug.


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