Omaha (KPTM) - Nearly 3000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at several "take back" events throughout the Omaha Metro over the weekend. Anyone who wanted to safely discard unwanted prescription drugs could do so at drug stores. The event, the second of 2013, was sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency with ten different area law enforcement agencies assisting.
One Omaha family is thankful for the events.
"I thought he was asleep and I poked him in his side and there was no response. There was no heartbeat," said David Hayes whose teenage son Dillon died after taking prescription drugs.
"On his phone, he was texting that night. Some kid at school gave him prescription pills to so called chill him out. He was reaching out to them, texting them saying there was something wrong and asking if he could overdose on the pills. They said no, there is nothing wrong and those kids basically turned their backs on him and left him to die," said Hayes.
He then founded "Dillon's House," a charity that spreads information on the importance of staying away from unprescribed prescription drugs.
"Seeing what was outside in the vans was impressive," said Hayes who was at the take back event at the 180th and Pacific HyVee. "People are getting rid of prescription drugs and getting them out of their medicine cabinets and not having them accessible to kids."
His message to anyone who wants to hear it is simple.
"I want to inform people about the dangers of prescription drugs. Every 14 minutes we lose a child to prescription drugs, so we are trying to turn those statistics around."
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