Prescription drop boxes collected 15 tons of painkillers in 2013

  • Article by: PAT PHEIFER and MEGHAN HOLDEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 9:11 PM

Unused prescriptions in medicine cabinets can lead to theft, abuse and addiction to more dangerous drugs.

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jimiekFeb. 6, 1410:42 PM

"overprescribe everything"? What a bunch of bull roar. This person has never had broken bones and multiple surgeries and is in constant pain. The medical profession does a horrible job of pain management. If you ask for or need medication for long term pain you are made to feel like an addict. They tell you to take deep breaths. Good luck with that in the middle of the night.

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que14527Feb. 6, 1411:36 PM

Very misleading title; in the article it says that 15 tons of medication were collected, and of that amount 15 to 20 per cent were pain killers, not 15 tons of pain killers were collected.

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justwonderingFeb. 7, 1410:16 AM

Good news. I wish the county sheriffs quoted in the article focused more of their energy on diverting addictive narcotics and less time fighting medical marijuana in the Legislature. Elected sheriffs should stick to enforcing the law and not try to play doctor at the Capitol by lobbying what Minnesota-licensed physicians and their patients can do.

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