Bibb aims to prevent drug abuse with pill drop off

Bibb aims to prevent drug abuse with pill drop off

lfabian@macon.comApril 25, 2013 

Old prescription medicine lingering in your bathroom cabinet could be tempting for drug abusers, and flushing it down the toilet could harm the environment.

Pills could wind up in the wrong hands if you throw them away, and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office wants to reduce the threat.

Deputies and the Drug Enforcement Administration are sponsoring an expired or unwanted drug disposal drop off Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Wal-mart Garden Center at 5955 Zebulon Road.

No questions will be asked at the free event, and people can drop off medication without identifying themselves.

Last year in Bibb County, more than 120 pounds of pharmaceuticals were turned in, while the state collected more than 30,700 pounds, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

In 2008, more than 36,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States, and most of those deaths were not caused by illegal drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings and overdoses have been on the rise, with the majority of the abused medicine coming from family and friends, the release stated.

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