Check that medicine cabinet. Children could accidentally take the unused medications, or someone may steal, misuse or abuse them.

Prescription opioid painkillers, when abused, have similar effects to those of heroin and other illicit opioids, and an estimated 80 percent of people using heroin began by misusing prescription opioids.

"It's about being proactive - preventing an accident from happening in the first place - rather than being reactive", said Garza.


In 2016, more than 152,000 American adolescents had an Opioid Use Disorder, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

The event is held twice a year.

"Getting unused prescription drugs out of your home can stop an addiction before it starts", Schneiderman said.


"Longer term, we're working with the DEA and state governments like Iowa, Arizona, Massachusetts, and MI to gather data on year-round take back options for future Google Maps integration", added Mollinari.

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