State of Addiction: Henderson County hosts drug take back event


AT KNOWS FIRSTHAND THE PAIN AND LOSS OF THE OPIOID CRISIS. BRENNAN: IT’S PRETTY AMAZING TO SEE THE AMOUNT OF MEDICATION PEOPLE COLLECT OVER THE YEARS, LITERALLY BAGS. THEY GOT A CHANCE TO CLEAN OUT THEIR MEDICINE CABINET AND HELP THE COMMUNITY KEEP THESE PILLS OF THE STREET. HYDROCODONE, OXYCODONE, COUGH SYRUP. JULIE SAYS PEOPLE OFTEN STORE THEIR OLD PRESCRIPTIONS.>>THEY MAY KEEP THEM FOR ANOTHER TIME, FOR ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER — BRENNAN: WHEN THEY SHOULD BE GETTING RID OF THEM. BECAUSE KILLS TALKED AWAY IN THE MEDICINE CABINET CAN STILL END UP IN THE WRONG HANDS.>>IT CAN BE GRANDCHILDREN, WORKERS IN THE HOUSE, IT CAN BE PEOPLE THAT COME IN IS YOUR HOUSES ON THE MARKET FOR REAL ESTATE. BRENNAN: ANDERSON COUNTY AVERAGES 74 OPIATE PILLS PER PERSON PRESCRIBED. SHE KNOWS MORE THAN ANYONE THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING THEM PROPERLY DISPOSED.>>IN 2010 WE LOST OUR 20-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER TO A PRESCRIPTION DRUG OVERDOSE. HER DRUG ADDICTION STARTED INNOCENTLY WITH USE OF OPIATES THROUGH TWO SURGERIES. BRENNAN: HER DAUGHTER’S DEATH INSPIRED THE NONPROFIT “HOPE RX, ” WHICH EDUCATES ABOUT THE DANGERS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE.>>RATHER THAN HIDE IN THE SHAME AND SORROW OF LOSING HER DAUGHTER, WE WOULD TAKE A STAND AND BE VOCAL. BRENNAN: IF YOU ARE PRESCRIBED OPIATES, THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS LOCK HIM UP.>>TREAT THEM LIKE A LUNATIC ON. THAT IS WHAT THEY CAN BE IN SOMEONE ELSE’S HANDS. — LIKE A LOADED GUN.>>WE KNOW THAT BY DIVERTING MEDICATIONS, WE ARE GOING TO AT LEAST REDUCE THE ABILITY TO PUT THESE UNUSED MEDICATIONS OUT ON THE STREET. BRENNAN: IF YOU MISSED TODAY’S EVENT, YOU CAN DROP OFF YOUR USED MEDICATIONS AT THE HENDERSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER DRUNK TAKE BACK ON MAY 12 AT PATENT PARK. BRENNAN MCDAVID, WYFF NEWS 4. GABRIELLE: THE NATIONAL DRUG PRESCRIPTION TAKEBACK DAY — SITES WILL BE SET UP THROUGH COMMUNITIES NATIONWIDE IT WILL 29 FROM 10:00 UNTIL 2:00 P.M. LITERALLY MORE THAN A DOZEN SITES THROUGHOUT THE CAROLINAS AND GEORGIA. WE WILL SHOW YOU WHY THIS DRUG TAKEBACK INITIATIVE IS SO IMPORTANT. WE WILL POINT OUT THE LOCATIONS IN OUR AREA ON WWW.WYFF4.COM. MICHAEL: UPSTATE LEADERS TIRED OF A LACK OF ACTION TO PASS A ROSEVILLE — PASS A ROADS BILL HAD SOME CHOICE WORDS. THEY INSIST THAT THE STATE SENATE STOP THE DEBATE AND PASS A BILL. TIM: CITY MAYORS, COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS, PAUL TELLING THE STATE SENATE TO PASS A ROADS BILL, AND NOW. WITH SOUTH CAROLINA ROADS GETTING WORSE BY THE DAY, AND NO AGREEMENT WITH LAWMAKERS TO PAY FOR REPAIRS, LOCAL BUSINESS LEADERS GATHERED TO DELIVER A MESSAGE.>>THE DEBATE HAS GONE ON LONG ENOUGH IN SOUTH CAROLINA. NOW IT IS TIME TO ACT. IT IS TIME FOR THE TALK TO END.>>HOW MANY MORE CARS HAVE TO BE TORN UP? TI BUT DISAGREE HOW TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM. OF STATE LEADERS SAY BY NOT RAISING THE GAS TAX, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROSPECTS ARE BEING PUT IN DANGER.>>FAILING TO FIX OUR ROADS LEADS TO DECLINE TO GROW AND PROSPER. TIM SOUTH CAROLINA: SENATORS HAVE 9 OFFICIAL DAYS BEFORE THE SESSION ENDS. THEY SAY OTHER NEIGHBORING STATES ARE IN A BETTER POSITION WHEN IT COMES TO ROADS.>>NORTH CAROLINA AND TENNESSEE HAS PASSED GAS TAXES IN MAKING SURE THAT THEIR ROADS ARE READY. TIM: HE SAYS SOUTH CAROLINA ROADS WILL NOT BE READY UNTIL LAWMAKERS CAN AGREE ON A BILL. MICHAEL: SKY4 LIFE OVER THE EASTBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY 80 IN-GREER HEADING TOWARDS LINEMAN. THOSE LANES CLOSED SO THAT CREWS CAN MAKE REPAIRS TO THE 29 OVERPASS APPROACH0. THERE IS A 14 MILE DETOUR ROUTE. LANES ARE EXPECTED TO REOPEN SOMETIME MONDAY MORNING. GABRIELLE: GREENVILLE MAN IS RECOVERING AFTER BEING SHOT IN THE CORNER OF HIS HOME ON THAT DATE STREET IN GREENVILLE COUNTY. — ON MCDADE STREET IN GREENVILLE COUNTY. SHE HEARD NOISES WHERE HIS TRUCK WAS PARKED IN THE MORNING. ONE OF THE TWO MEN THAT WERE BREAKING INTO HIS TRUCK OPENED FIRE, HITTING HIM SEVERAL TIMES. THE MAN IS EXPECTED TO COVER. — TO RECOVER. WE SPOKE TO HIS GRANDPARENTS.>>THAT IS ONE GRANDCHILD — I CAN ASK HIM TO DO ANYTHING FOR ME. I WILL BE RIGHT THERE GRANDMA. THEY NEED TO PUT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OVER HERE. GABRIELLE: GREENVILLE COUNTY DEPUTIES DO NOT HAVE A DESCRIPTION OF THE TWO MEN. IF YOU HAVE A DESCRIPTION, YOU ARE ASKED TO CALL GREENVILLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RIGHT AWAY. MICHAEL: FROM OUR HILTON GREENVILLE SKYCAM, BEAUTIFUL AND TROPICAL. STORMS ON THE WAY. CHRIS JUSTUS IS IN FOR JOHN TONIGHT. CHRIS: A 50-50, WARM CONDITIONS ON SATURDAY, MORE RAIN ON SUNDAY. SOME OF US COULD SEE SOME STORMS. RAIN ON LIVE SUPER DOPPLER FOUR HD IS COMING TO AN END. RAIN SHOWERS HANGING AROUND. THERE IS 14 AND 11. THIS WILL CONTINUE TO DIE OFF. YOU ARE STARTING TO SEE THOSE SHOWERS MOVE OUT. A HEAVIER RAIN IN THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS. THIS IS PUSHING OFF INTO MCDOWELL AND PARTS OF RUTHERFORD COUNTY. HEAVY RAIN BACK TOWARDS THE WEST. MIDDLE AND UPPER 80’S RIGHT NOW. WE WILL TIMEOUT THAT POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE WEATHER IN A FEW MINUTES. GABRIELLE: A SOUTH CAROLINA BILL THAT WYFF NEWS 4 INVESTIGATES HAS BEEN FOLLOWING IS SIGNED INTO LAW. IT ALLOWS FOSTER PARENTS TO SIGN THE FORM FOR THEIR FOSTER CHILDREN TO GET THEIR DRIVERS PERMITS. WYFF NEWS 4 INVESTIGATE INTEREST TO TWO TIMOTHY US AFTER HE HAD HIS DRIVER’S PERMIT REVOKED. AT THE TIME ONLY BIRTH PARENTS OR STATE OFFICIALS COULD SIGN THE FORMAT THE DMV. THE NEW LAW GIVES FOSTER PARENTS THE SAME RIGHTS AS THEIR CLASSMATES. THE NEW LAW TAKES EFFECT MONDAY. GREENVILLE POLICE OFFICERS WILL HAVE THEIR BODY CAMERAS BY THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY. THE OFFICERS MUST ATTEND A FOUR HOUR BLOCK OF TRAINING FOR INSTRUCTORS ON USING THE CAMERAS. EACH OFFICER WILL HAVE TWO BODY CAMERAS. ALL OFFICERS ON PATROL WILL HAVE ONE. THAT IS 140 IN TOTAL. MICHAEL: INAUGURATION DAY AT CONVERSE COLLEGE, CELEBRATING THE 10TH PRESIDENT. THEY CELEBRATED KRISTA NEWKIRK WITH A CEREMONY IN TWICHELL AUDITORIUM. NEWKIRK STARTED LEADING THE SCHOOL IN JULY 2016. HER FAMILY JOINED ALL OF FOR OF CONVERSE COLLEGE’S LIVING PAST PRESIDENTS FOR THE INAUGURATION. EXCITING FUTURE US AND SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES. CONGRESS CONTINUES TO BE A PLACE THAT GROWS AND TRANSFORMS WOMEN. WE WANT THEM TO STAY IN THE UPSTATE REGION AND WORK HERE. MICHAEL: BEFORE CONVERSE, NEWKIRK WAS THE CHIEF OF STAFF FOR UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE.>>I HOPE MY FAMILY WILL ENJOY IT. GABRIELLE: A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPRING GAMES AT FURMAN UNIVERSITY. MICHAEL: COMMITMENT 2017, FOUR DAYS NOW FROM A RUNOFF FOR KEVIN BRYANT’S SENATE SEAT IN DISTRICT THREE. AND TODAY, HE ENDORSED A CANDIDATE. BRYANT IS NOW LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF SOUTH CAROLINA, SINCE THE SPECIAL ELECTION. TODAY, BRYANT SAID HE’S CONFIDENT CANDIDATE RICHARD CASH WILL FIGHT THE ESTABLISHMENT AS HE DID AS SENATOR.>>WE NEED A LEADER, AND WE NEED A FIGHTER. WE NEED SOMEONE WILL STAND UP TO THE COLUMBIA ESTABLISHMENT. I AM CONFIDENT THAT RICHARD CASH WILL DO THAT WHEN HE SERVES IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA SENATE.>>I THINK KEVIN BRYANT IS WELL-LIKED AND ANDERSON COUNTY. I AM PLEASED TO HAVE HIS ENDORSEMENT. MICHAE WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE OTHER CANDIDATE IN THAT RUNOFF CAROL BURDETTE SHE SAYS SHE CHALLENGED THEN-SENATOR BRYANT LAST YEAR IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY, SO SHE UNDERSTANDS WHY HE ENDORSED RICHARD CASH. BUT BURDETTE SAYS SHE HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SERVICE IN ANDERSON COUNTY. NEARLY 30 YEARS. CAROL: I THINK THAT I BRING LEADERSHIP. I THINK I BRING EXPERIENCE. AND I BRING VISION AND A RECORD OF SERVICE THAT I AM VERY PROU OF. THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME, THIS IS ABOUT HOW WELL I CAN SERVE THE CITIZENS OF ANDERSON COUNTY. MICHAEL: THE RUNOFF BETWEEN CAROL BURDETTE AND RICHARD CASH IS NEXT TUESDAY APRIL 25. THE SPECIAL ELECTION IS ON MAY 30. CHRIS: GREENVILLE DRIVE IN TOWN TONIGHT. A GREAT NIGHT FOR BASEBALL. IT WILL BE ON THE HOT SIDE AROUND 80 DEGREES. 74 LATER TONIGHT WITH A STRAY SHOWERS POSSIBLE. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS… GABRIELLE: TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. STUDENTS, STAFF, AND THE CLEMSON TIGER WERE ALL AT SARA COLLINS ELEMENTARY THIS MORNING IN GREENVILLE TO GIVE A HUGE SEND OFF FOR ATHLETES COMPETING IN THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS TODAY.>>[APPLAUSE] GABRIELLE: THIS IS THE OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE SPECIAL OLYMPIC SPRING GAMES. MORE THAN 1300 ATHLETES CAME TOGETHER AT FURMAN UNIVERSITY TODAY. WITH MALE AND FEMALE DIVISIONS, AND MORE THAN 50 TEAMS COMPETING IN THE GAMES.>>THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER, AND I HOPE MY FAMILY WILL ENJOY IT. GABRIELLE: I AM SURE THEY WILL. THIS YEAR MORE THAN 2500 VOLUNTEERS WERE ON SITE FOR THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS. THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS HAS OVER 4 MILLION ATHLETES AROUND THE WORLD, MAKING IT THE LARGEST SPORTS ORGANIZATION FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES. MICHAEL: CONGRATULATIONS EVERYBODY. IN OCONEE COUNTY, A MESSAGE OF LOVE SENT BY WASHING THE FEET OF CHILDREN AND ADORNING THEM WITH NEW SHOES. AT CENTRAL ELEMENTARY TODAY, HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN FELT THAT LOVE. A GROUP CALLED SAMARITAN’S FEET INTERNATIONAL MADE IT HAPPEN. HERE NOW, PHOTOJOURNALIST CODIE SLOAN WITH SHOES OF HOPE.>>TODAY WE ARE BLESSING THE ENTIRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. CODIE: WHAT IS YOUR NAME? CAITLIN, NICE TO MEET YOU.>>LET’S GET YOUR SOCKS OFF.>>IT HAS BEEN AMAZING.>>WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE? CAN WE GO A SIZE BIGGER, YOU THINK?>>YES. THERE ARE ALMOST 400 STUDENTS IN THIS SCHOOL. WE ARE GOING TO BLESS ALL OF THEM. EVEN THE ONES THAT ARE ABSENT MIGHT HAVE A PAIR WAITING ON THEM WHEN THEY COME BACK.>>WE HAVE LOTS OF SHOES TO CHOOSE FROM.>>WE ARE NOT GOING TO USE MANY LARGE SIZE SHOES, BUT THIS IS THE SUPER BOWL. WHEN YOU GET TO COME HERE AND SEE THOSE SMILES, AND HEAR THE STORIES.>>DO YOU GET EGGS FROM YOUR CHICKENS EVERY DAY? IT’S LIKE WITH ANIMALS, YOU NEVER WORK IF YOU ARE DOING WHAT YOU LIKE.>>JUST THE FACES TELL THE STORY.>>NOT TOO TIGHT, NOT TOO LOOSE. I GOT THAT ONE ON THEIR A LITTLE BIT CROOKED, DIDN’T I?>>AND TO SEE THE TEACHERS AND STAFF LIGHT UP AS WELL, THAT IS WHY WE ARE HERE. THAT IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT. SEE HOW THOSE FEEL FOR YOU. THOSE FEEL A LOT BETTER? AWESOME, GIVE ME A HUG. I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR NEW SHOES. HERE ARE YOUR OLD ONES. HAVE A GREAT DAY.>>NOW YOUR LIVE SUPER DOPPLER 4 HD WEATHER FORECAST. CHRIS: WE HAVE MADE IT TO FRIDAY AND HAVE A FANTASTIC FORECAST FOR PART OF THE WEEKEND. SUNDAY LOOKS RAINY WITH POSSIBLY SEVERE WEATHER. THE OTHER HALF OF THE AREA SEEN A COOL, DAMP DAY. THIS SHOWER IS FINALLY STARTING TO DISSIPATE. IT IS MOVING TO THE NORTH AND EAST. WE WILL SEE THIS PUSHED OUT OF THE AREA. HEAVY RAIN HAS MOVED THROUGH THE HENDERSONVILLE AND ASHEVILLE AREA, PUSHING THROUGH NORTHERN RUTHERFORD COUNTY. MORE TOWARD THE WEST MOVING THROUGH, NORTH-NORTHEASTERLY. THAT SHOULD DISSIPATE BEFORE HE MOVES TO THE ASHEVILLE AREA. MODELS WANT TO SHOW MODELS AROUND 10:00 AND 11:00 TONIGHT. NOTHING WIDESPREAD OR SEVERE, BUT YOU COULD HAVE THUNDER AND LIGHTNING AS THIS MOVES THROUGH. AFTER MIDNIGHT, WE START TO DRY THINGS BACK OUT. IF YOU HAVE RAIN LATER THIS EVENING, YOU WILL HAVE FORMED TO DEAL WITH TOMORROW MORNING. — FOG TO DEAL WITH IN THE MORNING. 84 IN ANDERSON. 85 IN CLEMSON. 88 DEGREES IN TOCCOA. A SUMMERLIKE DAY OUTSIDE. 61 IN ANDERSON. 60IN DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE. TOMORROW, A QUICK WARM-UP. 80’S B 11:00. WE STAY THERE THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS. RAIN CHANCES GO UP AS OUR NEXT SYSTEMS TAKE SHAPES — NEXT SYSTEM TAKES SHAPE IN THE MOUNTAINS. A BETTER CHANCE FOR RAIN IN THE EVENING HOURS AS THE SYSTEM HEADS OUR WAY. HOT YET AGAIN. THE NORMAL HIGH THIS YEAR IS 74. WE WILL BE IN THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 80’S. THIS SYSTEM IS VERY COMPLEX. IT WILL GET HALF OF AREA ONE THING ON SUNDAY, THE OTHER HALF THE POTENTIAL FOR STRONG STORMS. THROUGH TOMORROW, MOST OF THE AREA IS DRY AND SUNNY. THAT FRONT SINGS INTO THE AREA SUNDAY NIGHT, GETTING US AN ENHANCED CHANCE FOR RAIN. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS FRONT, COOL DRIZZLY AIR WITH A NORTHWEST BREEZE. THIS ONLY MAKES IT INTO PART OF THE AREA. IT WILL SPLIT OUR AREA. SPARTANBURG COULD BE 60 DEGREES AND DRIZZLY WHILE ANDERSON COULD BE 80 DEGREES AND STORMY. THIS FRONT SETS UP ON SUNDAY. IT COULD BE THE FOCUSED MECHANISM TO GIVE US STRONG STORMS. LOOKS LIKE MOST OF THE AREA WILL

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