162 pounds of prescription drugs collected in Macon

162 pounds of prescription drugs collected in Macon

lfabian@macon.comOctober 27, 2013 

The Macon Police Department’s Narcotics Unit didn’t have to search for drugs Saturday, the drugs came to them.

As part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back Day, 162 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription drugs were dropped off at the Precinct 3 office on Pio Nono Avenue.

According to the DEA’s website, abuse of prescription drugs is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.

Simply throwing away medicine could mean it falls into the wrong hands. Leaving it in the cabinet could lead to theft, abuse or mistaken dosages. Flushing it down the toilet might pose environmental hazards.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office also manned a collection site at Wal-Mart on Zebulon Road.

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