Deputies Ask for Public's Help to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

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The Drug Enforcement Agency says prescription drug abuse has become the second most common form of drug abuse in our country. Now it’s easier for people in Brazos County to help combat the problem.

“It's the same as any other drug that people take…same as meth, cocaine, whatever. It’s an addiction,” said a Brazos County Narcotics Investigator.

Brazos County public records show that seven people have been charged with possession of prescription drugs that weren't in their names in the last week.

“Right now the most abused prescription drug is hydrocodone. Below that you'll run into Oxycontin. Adderall is very popular, and very abused,” said the narcotics investigator.

Deputies say there are prescription drug dealers, but there is an easier way to find the drugs.

“The trend is now for family and friends, if they're in search of drugs, they know that a lot of people hold these drugs in their home. They'll come in make themselves at home with your prescriptions,” said Brazos County Sheriff’s Deputy Ed Frank.

Flushing old prescriptions down the toilet contaminates the water supply, so the Brazos County Sheriff's Office is making it easier for you to get rid of your unused prescriptions.

The Sheriff’s Office, located at 1700 Hwy 21, now has a drop box where people can deposit old prescription drugs seven days a week.

There is also a Drug Take Back event Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriffs deputies say throwing your prescription drugs away in the right place is an easy way for you to help keep those drugs off the streets.