Rx Drug Take-Back Day

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By Tim McNicholas

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Updated: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:41:59 CST

On Monday, David Hayes of Omaha recounted the horrifying night when his son Dillon overdosed on prescription drugs.

Alongside Attorney General Jon Bruning, he told his story to spread awareness on a pressing issue.

"Prescription medication and over the counter medication is so easy for our teens to get a hold of,” Kerry Huber of ASAAP said.

Hastings Area Substance Abuse and Prevention is working with the Hastings Police Department to collect expired or unused drugs this Saturday.

Drop offs can be made from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Heartland Health Department.

ASAAP is hoping to prevent that first encounter that ruins so many lives.

"We all need to watch out for each other here. We're a very small community and we can help each other out a lot,” Huber said.

Local pharmacies have had their fair share of suspicious encounters.

Bert's Pharmacy requires a photo ID with all controlled substance prescriptions.

But even then, if the refill is too soon or the prescription somehow seems illegitimate...

They might not dispense it.

Instead they'll call around to other pharmacies and doctors.

"And then we might call the sheriff. They'll be standing here waiting for them when they come back,” owner Creighton Uridil said.

David Hayes’ son, Dillon, worried if he could overdose on prescription drugs.

He texted friends for answers.

And, even asked the drug dealer.

He told him no.

But, that answer proved to be deadly.

If you've got extra meds lying around, you don't have to drive to Hastings to safely dispose of them.

Drug Take–Back Day is a national event.

Buffalo, Franklin, Phelps, Hall and Clay Counties will all have take–back sites.