For the first time in Carteret County, North Carolina, death from prescription drug abuse was higher than the deaths associated with illegal drug abuse. According to WCTI12.com , over the weekend more than 92,000 pills, needles, and patches were turned into the Carteret County Sheriff’s Department. Police officers set up 5 locations that unused medications could be dropped off, as an effort to keep these medications out of the wrong hands. Recently, many cities across the United States have help these prescription pill drop offs. Carteret County sheriff Asa Buck said, “Teens can take these painkillers, legally prescribed to their parents or grandparents, and get high. It’s exponential the number of people who are dying from prescription medication.” In 2009, 27 people in Carteret County died from prescription pill overdose, and the Sheriff’s Department has applied for a grant to add an additional investigator to help deal with this growing problem.