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Heitkamp Meets with Narcotics Task Force

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This afternoon the narcotics task force met in Bismarck to discuss the prescription drug abuse problem in the state. U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp joined in on today's meeting to hear how they plan to address the growing issue.

Much of the discussion focused on a statewide take back program and the need to have a secure location available in all retail pharmacies, so people can dispose of their unused drugs.

"Lets say you get your wisdom teeth out, you get a prescription for twenty pills. Maybe you use one and you throw them in the drawer. That makes you vulnerable. You've heard about the open houses where people will go and go through medicine cabinets. So, now we have the realtors being involved in that issue of how do you protect prescription drugs," says Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

Others at the meeting included medical professionals and members of law enforcement.

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