ROCHESTER, Minn.- In 2017 the health and human service declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency.
More than 100 people die everyday from opioid overdose that’s according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Just last year, nearly 50,000 deaths involved opioids.
Today is national prescription drug take back day and area health centers are teaming up to help people dispose of their unwanted prescriptions.
“It's not just a national problem but its also a here in Rochester problem too,” said Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist Helena Gazelka.
She tells KIMT that the opioid crisis has gotten out of control partially from doctors over prescribing medication.
Mayo Clinic, Olmsted County Sheriff's Department, Olmsted Medical Center and Zumbro Valley Medical Society are teaming up to make it easier for people to get rid of unwanted drugs.
They also provided residents with a charcoal bag that allows you to add water that will deactive the drug, allowing yo to dispose of your prescription drugs in the trash.
There is always a prescription takeback box at the Olmsted County Sheriff's Department.