National Drug Take Back Day Is Oct. 26


LIVE IN LONGMONT TONIGHT, JEFF TODD, COVERING COLORADO FIRST. TOMORROW LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND HERE IN COLORADO ARE TAKING BACK YOUR UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, VAPE DEVICES AND CARTRIDGES ARE INCLUDED. OUR TORI MASON TALKED TO A MOM WHO SAYS THE DAY IS ABOUT KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE INCLUDING YOURSELF. AND TORI IT’S A VERY PERSONAL STORY. REPORTER: IT IS, JIM. WE OFTEN HEAR ABOUT HOW DRUG TAKE BACK DAYS ARE TO KEEP MEDICATIONS OUT OF THE WRONG HANDS, BUT EVEN THOSE PILL BOTTLES WITH YOUR OWN NAME ON IT CAN BE A DANGER TO YOU. FOR HEIDI, THEY WERE DEADLY. MY DAUGHTER, WE LOST HER 8 YEARS AGO. REPORTER: HEIDI WASN’T A TEEN IN THE MEDICINE CABINET. BOTH OF HER MEDICATIONS WERE PRESCRIBED. REPORTER: SHE WAS A 37-YEAR-OLD WOMAN, KILLED BY HER OWN PRESCRIPTIONS. SHE’D BEEN IN A CAR ACCIDENT WHICH IS WHAT STARTED THE PRESCRIPTION FOR OPIOIDS. REPORTER: HER MOTHER WORRIED ABOUT THE AMOUNT SHE WAS TAKING, BUT IN THE END OPIOIDS DIDN’T KILL HER DAUGHTER. SHE WAS PRESCRIBED BOTH AN OPIOID AND BENZODIAZAPINE. REPORTER: HEIDI HAD 2 DOCTORS. SHE TOOK HER PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS AND IT CAUSED HER TO STOP BREATHING. REPORTER: SHE DIDN’T KNOW THE COMBINATION OF BOTH DRUGS WERE LETHAL. AFTER SHE DIED HER MOTHER BEGAN WORKING FOR THE JP OPIOID INTERACTION AWARENESS ORGANIZATION. IT CAN BE NOT ONLY DANGEROUS, BUT LIFE THREATENING. REPORTER: SHE SAYS DRUG TAKE BACK DAY ISN’T JUST TO KEEP PRESCRIPTIONS OUT OF THE WRONG HANDS. FOR SOME, IT’S TO KEEP THEIR OWN MEDICATION OUT OF THEIRS. I THINK IT’S THAT MIND SET THAT SAYS THE DOCTOR PRESCRIBED THEM, THEY MUST BE SAFE. REPORTER: AND AS JIM MENTIONED EARLIER, VAPING DEVICES WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THE FIRST TIME TOMORROW, BUT IT DOESN’T INCLUDE THE PRODUCTS WITH LITHIUM HEADQUARTERS. ON WWW.CBSDENVER.COM YOU CAN

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