Drug Take Back Day in full effect

By Mellany Armstrong 4:04pm, April 25, 2014 - Updated 12:35pm, April 26, 2014
VIDEO: WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.
A recovering addict and a mother beg you to drop off your unused or expired prescription drugs Saturday on Drug Take Back Day.

WDEL's Mellany Armstrong has their stories.

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"They were opiates, and as soon as I took them, I fell in love, really."

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30-year-old Tim Miller of Wilmington says one pill from his step-grandfather's medicine cabinet sent him down a bad road.

"It was just really accessible for me to get everything I wanted to get that was there, to take it without it being noticed, and it was really dangerous, you know. It sent me on a journey that I probably would rather have not gone down," he said.

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Miller eventually turned to heroin when he couldn't get any more pills.

Rebecca King, a school nurse in the Red Clay School District, says her daughter is recovering from prescription drug use and heroin.

"Kids think it's safe to take them, and they get hooked very easily. Prescription pain killers are opiates, and it's a very quick road to heroin use," she said.

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There have been 85 suspected overdose deaths in Delaware in the last six months, and heroin use is on the rise in the state.

Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf says this is the 9th annual Drug Take Back Day in Delaware.

"Delawareans have turned in more than 33,000 pounds of medication," she said.

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Find out where you can drop off unwanted drugs by
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