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Sheriff Whisenant's Tip of the Month

 

March 2017

 

SECURITY OF PAIN MEDICATIONS

 

Pain medications come in many forms; however the two types which are increasingly being abused and stolen are pills and patches. Throughout the county, emergency room personnel and law enforcement officers have been dealing with an increasing number of overdoses and deaths due to pain medications and more recently, pain patches. 

 

Fentanyl patches are misused by the user chewing the patches which negatively impacts the victim’s breathing. Often officers speaking to the victim’s family are told the victim was sleeping and snoring very loudly. In reality, the person was usually struggling to breath.   A new analog drug in use is created by altering the Fentanyl patch, Acetyl Fentanyl.  Acetyl Fentanyl is being combined with Heroin which is causing almost immediate overdoses, due to the drugs potency.

 

Individuals who are prescribed any type of pain medication need to be aware of the location of the medicines at ALL TIMES.  Many residences and motor vehicles have been broken into for the sole purpose of obtaining the medications.  NEVER tell anyone you have a prescription for pain medicine unless absolutely necessary.  If you leave your pain medications at home, lock them up in a secure area that ONLY you know the location.  If you carry the medication with you in a purse or vehicle, NEVER leave it unattended.

 

Any unwanted, outdated, or medications that are no longer needed, can be disposed of at the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the Valdese Police Department.  These Medicine Drop Boxes are located just inside the front door of the offices.   

 

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