After losing son to medicine, Metro Detroit mother urges people to dispose of unused medication

FARMINGTON HILLS, Me. – On this National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a Metro Detroit mom urges people to get rid of their unused drugs so they can’t harm anyone.

“The sad part about someone addicted: it’s up to them to save themselves,” said Jackie Salo.

Salo’s son Zachary died of a drug overdose three and a half years ago. She says he started recreational marijuana smoking when he was 13 and that a family member introduced him to prescription pills shortly afterwards.

“The family member denies it and takes no responsibility for it to this day,” said Salo. “But I felt betrayed.

“As a mother, you would give your life for your child,” continued Salo.

At 16, Zachary became obsessed with opioids. And like so many others, he eventually switched from pills to heroin.


“There really are no words. Anyone who has lost a child knows what I’m saying, ”said Salo. “I feel like the drugs cheated me and my family of what could have been.”

Salo says deleting unused or expired recipes can literally save lives.


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