Living drug free starts at home by monitoring your medicine cabinet

Across the Valley, the Drug Enforcement Agency teamed up with local police departments to host National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to bring awareness of the rising problems amongst those using prescription medications to get a high.

It is known as the gateway to marijuana and other drugs.

Police said that parents should be more worried about the prescription drugs left around the house unattended because kids are taking them from home and selling them at school.

The motto is "living drug free starts at home.

People were invited to bring in those prescription medications they no longer need so police could properly dispose of them.

"A lot of people dispose of their medication by flushing it down the toilet, and what that does it gets into the water system, gets into the water shed and now you are kind of poisoning what we are drinking."

Officials said flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, posing potential safety and health hazards.

Sgt. Rolando Garcia told Action 4 News that in the Valley police are aggressively targeting those people who are selling prescription medications illegally.

He said that people need to understand that by taking prescription medications that aren't for you can cause allergic reactions or an overdose.

For those who still have prescription medications at home that you want to get rid of, Sgt. Garcia said you can take them to your local police station.