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Drug Free NC is sponsoring Medicine box Drop off programs in the Triad to help combat growing prescription drug overdose rates.

Robin Lindner with Drug Free NC said through the month of October, Drug Free NC is working with Surry and Stokes County law enforcement and fire departments to safely dispose of prescription drugs.

According to information gathered from county health departments in 2012, 8 out of 10 substance abuse deaths are from prescription drug overdose.

"Prescription drug overdose is the leading a cause of accidental death, it's over taken car accidents, this problem is not someone else's, it’s ours as a state as a community," Lindner said. "This isn't something that quote in quote junkies are doing anymore this is an epidemic."

Surry County and Stokes County have the highest risk of prescription drug relate deaths with an 85-90% rate when it comes to accidental deaths.

September 28th from 10 a.m. to noon, double Creek Fire Department will host a medicine drop off in Pinnacle.

The drop off locations in October are as follows:

Elkin High School Homecoming, October 4thfrom 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Autumn Leaves Festival, October 11-12th from 10:00am-7:00pm, October 13th from 12:00pm-6:00pm, downtown Mt. Airy

Stokes Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad, October 12th, 10:00am – 1:00pm, 5086 NC Highway 704E, Sandy Ridge

Mt. Airy Wal-mart, October 22nd from 4:00pm-6:00pm, Mt. Airy Police Department

Stokes Medical Center, October 26th, 9:00am – 12:00pm, 167 Moore Road in King.

For help on how to get counseling o treatment for addiction call 877-4HELPNC.