Manlius (WSYR-TV) – The FDA is launching a major crackdown on prescription medications containing hydrocodone, changing the way some drugs are prescribed and used.
The DEA says hydrocodone is one of the top-three most-abused medications each year.
But a local agency is working to cut that abuse through a drug take-back program this weekend.
In Manlius, police are joining forces with the DEA to let people deposit their unused or unwanted prescription medications.
In Onondaga County, officials say they are seeing a 90 percent increase in painkiller prescriptions like oxycodone. And doctors say they are seeing a surge in overdoses.
The rise in prescription drug abuse has prompted the FDA to place hydrocodone in the same category as morphine or oxycodone.
Manlius police are hosting a drug "take back" program this Saturday from 10-2 p.m. You can drop off your unwanted or unused prescription drugs at the following locations:
Town of Manlius Police Department, 1 Arkie Albanese Avenue, Manlius Kinney Drugs, 7065 Manlius Center Road, East Syracuse