Old prescriptions sitting around the house seem harmless, but in reality, they can be very dangerous.
That's why the DEA held a prescription collection event Saturday.
What they're afraid of, is those medications getting into the wrong hands.
It's been about three years now, but for David Hayes, the pain of losing his son will never go away.
"It's very hard. I struggle with it every day. Every day I cry…I miss my son," he said.
Back in 2010, when his son, Dillon Hayes, was 15 years old, he and some friends recreationally used prescription drugs.
David discovered his lifeless son the next morning.
He tried CPR until an ambulance arrived.
The memory still haunts him.
"They came out a few minutes later and said, 'Sorry, but your son had passed away,'" David told Channel 6.
Since that tragedy, David has dedicated his time to "Dillon's House," an organization that works to stop the misuse of prescription drugs.
Now, he's teaming up with the LiveWise coalition to help the DEA in its prescription drug take-back event.
People like Michelle Shillito brought in unwanted drugs to one of various locations in the area Saturday to properly dispose of them.
"So it's not put back into the environment. This is a great place just to turn it in. I don't want it in my home anymore," she said.
At the end of the day, volunteers bagged up the drugs to be taken to an incinerator.
For David, each pill destroyed is one less chance for heartache.
"If I can save a parent from going through what I went through, or save a child's life, that's my mission," he said.
LiveWise says that each year, more people die from overdosing on pain pills than cocaine, meth, crack, and heroine combined.
Across the area Saturday, citizens brought in more than 3,000 pounds of medication to be destroyed.