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Prescription Drug Take Back Day A Success

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

The annual Prescription Take Back event hopes to decrease the number of pills laying around homes in Alabama.

Jack Turley is one of many residents who participated in prescription drug take back day.
“I dropped some used prescription that’s expired and some we didn’t use, couldn’t use.”

This isn’t the first year Turley has gathered up his unused medications.

“It’s better than putting them down the toilet and the landfill I guess you could say.” Turley said.

Flushing old medicine down the toilet can contaminate the ground and waterways.
But that’s not the only reason officers wanted residents to bring them in.
They want to make sure there aren't any old prescriptions laying around in homes that someone could take, and abuse.

“It’s a big problem, our narcotics officers stay extremely busy we do reports daily for kids and adults stealing prescription.” Dothan Police Sergeant Jeff Garrett said.

Garrett says over the last couple of years they have collected more than two million pounds of prescription drugs.
One drop off location in Dothan had more than seven boxes full of medications.
And that’s not counting other collected at others sites across the state.

“It provides a safe convenient means of disposal by education the general public about the abuse of medications.” Garrett said.

And with more people dying from overdoses than car crashes, Garrett says he's excited to see so many people doing their part to help save lives.


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