The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is holding its seventh National Prescription Take Back Day on Saturday, giving ordinary people a way to safely get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.
Several collection sites are scheduled to be open across Middle Georgia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pills are accepted for free and anonymously, without law enforcement asking questions, according to a DEA news release.
One of the collection sites will be the Zebulon Road Wal-Mart in north Bibb County.
Bibb County deputies collected more than 50 pounds of unwanted medicine at Take Back events in 2011 and about 100 pounds in 2012, said Robbie Allen, a sheriffs office investigator.
Drugs dropped off at the Bibb site in the past have included powerful prescription painkillers and anxiety medicines but also multivitamins and high-dose Tylenol, Allen said.
It gets it out of the medicine cabinet and into a proper place, not onto the street, Allen said.
Two collection sites also are scheduled to be open in Forsyth, including one at the Monroe County Sheriffs Office.
Although the sheriffs office participates in the DEA event, it also operates a drop box in the jail lobby thats open 24 hours every day, said Allison Selman-Willis, sheriffs office spokeswoman.
Its a great idea, and wed like more people to participate, she said.
Like with the DEA program, deputies dont ask questions when medicine is deposited in the drop box, Selman-Willis said.
They can come and put it in the drop box and leave, she said.
A 2012 survey showed nearly twice as many Americans abuse prescription drugs as compared to those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants combined, according to the DEA news release.
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