FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Oct. 23-31 is National Red Ribbon Week, which honors the memory of those people who have died due to drug overdoses as well as raise awareness about the dangers of drug use.
Here in Fort Wayne, the Martin Luther King Jr. bridge will be lit up in red from Oct. 25-27 to celebrate Red Ribbon Week.
According to DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Gannon, approximately 70,000 people die every year due to drug overdoes.
However, it's not just the user that drugs impact, Gannon said.
He explained, "drugs devastates people and their families. You know how many people wake up on a holiday or a birthday, or a significant day that they would have a recollection of their loved one and they’re just devastated because of that?"
Gannon warned that it's not just street drugs that are a problem, often it's prescription drugs.
Some drug abusers steal old, unwanted drugs from family medicine cabinets that isn't prescribed to them and abuse them.
This is why twice a year the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency holds a drug takeback day.
On Saturday, Oct. 24, you'll be able to take any unwanted prescription drugs and drop them off at sites throughout the region.
Here is a list of locations where you can take any of your unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday.
- INDIANA STATE POLICE
- DISTRICT 22
- INDIANA BOARD OF PHARMACY
- WHITLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
- WHITLEY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
- DECATUR POLICE DEPARTMENT
- CHIEF LEONARD CORRAL, JR.
- PAULDING COUNTY, OHIO SHERIFF'S OFFICE