Law enforcement pull out all stops in fight against opioid abuse

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says opioids are the largest problem faced in narcotics today.

Posted: Apr 25, 2018 6:22 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2018 9:05 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says opioids are the largest problem faced in narcotics today.

"Even if it's legal, even if you got it legally, even if you're not someone involved in the cartel, it can get into the hands of the wrong people or even children," said Johnson.

Friday, the Lee County Sheriff's Department will take all old prescriptions, no questions asked, to fight the epidemic.

National Take Back Day is Saturday April 28th, and agencies across the state will do the same.

RELATED: List of law enforcement agencies participating 

Johnson says the problem starts when people who need the medicine for pain, misuse or become addicted to that feeling, eventually, they start shopping for it.

"I think the availability of it is where we've got to start," he added. "By the time law enforcement gets it, you got the addict, the criminal activity, we're just reacting."

"What happens most of the times with kids they find them in the house and say a doctor wrote then they have to be safe," said Dr. Nikki Ivancic, a pediatrician. "They get addicted and it rolls into a bigger problem."

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