Hello everyone, I hope you had a good week. I often get asked about the most serious drug problem in Beatrice. The answer to this question changes with time and currently prescription drugs seem to be a significant problem. Prescription drug abuse involves a variety of drugs, with opiate-based pain killers being the most popular.

There are two primary ways that people obtain prescription drugs illegally. The first is to fake an injury or illness and convince a doctor to prescribe the medication. Ask any health care worker in the emergency room of a hospital or a primary care physician’s office and they will tell you patients come in on a daily basis, complaining of injury or illness, to obtain medication.

The second way people obtain these drugs is to steal them. Recently communities have experienced door to door salesmen who ask to use the restroom of unsuspecting residents so they can go through their medicine cabinet.

Beatrice has experienced residential burglaries where the only intent of the burglar was to steal prescription drugs. Thieves then either use the drugs themselves or sell them on the street.

If you have old prescription medication I encourage you to dispose of them properly. The Gage County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a Pharmaceutical Take Back program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, where you can properly dispose of unwanted medication.

If you are unable to bring them in on this day contact your pharmacist about how to dispose of medications properly. Do not flush or pour down your drain unneeded medications as this can result in contamination of our water supply.

It may take a little longer to properly dispose of these medications when they are no longer needed, but it will help to insure they do not fall into the wrong hands.

Until Next Week,

Chief Bruce Lang