"There are also doctors who will give prescriptions to people who do not need them. We do not see a lot of counterfeit prescriptions because of systems put in place to confirm prescriptions before pharmacists fill them," Losada added.
Five years ago, Iowa installed a prescription monitoring program. Before that time, addicts would "shop around" different pharmacies to get medications illegally. While the system has not been perfected, Hoehns said, "We're getting better."
Such progress has been made, and fewer Hydrocodone pills are in medicine cabinets, that heroin is making a comeback, according to Hoehns. Heroin is cheaper than these pills today. The State offers classes for physicians to help track these trends.
"Several medications are highly additive and problems arise," Mrstik added. "We encourage individuals that have old medicine, or medicine they don't need, to contact their local pharmacies for disposal. In Pleasantville, we offer free disposal of any prescription medicine. They can drop unwanted prescriptions off at City Hall during the hours of 8 a.m.-4:40 p.m., Monday through Friday."
The KPD and MCSO will also accept unneeded medications. In the meantime, law enforcement and medical professionals will continue to remain vigilant in the fight against prescription drug abuse.