SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Assemblyman James Gallagher is urging Butte County residents to dispose of unused opioid prescriptions.
Sixty-percent of kids who get addicted to opioids say they tried the drug for the first time out of a friend of a family member’s medicine cabinet.
The lawmaker is now providing free disposal bags at his Chico office, which destroys up to 45 pills.
There are only four places in the county where you can bring back unused prescriptions – Feather River Hospital, Orchard Hospital, Walgreens on Chico’s East Avenue and the Oroville Police Department.
“We don't want to allow this to happen anymore, to become any more prevalent in our community, so the public can really help us get rid of and help dispose of these medications,” Gallagher said.
Recent studies show that drug overdose is now the leading cause of death of Americans under the age of 50.