Drug drop box cam­paign launched

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With pre­scrip­tion drug abuse grow­ing, the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice has taken an­other step in try­ing to curb the prob­lem, while also adding an­other way to si­mul­ta­ne­ously help the en­vi­ron­ment.

In­side the lobby of the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice is a “Big White Box,” al­low­ing for the proper dis­posal of pre­scrip­tion and over-the­counter (OTC) drugs that are out of date or not needed any more. Pre­scrip­tion drug abuse among all age groups is cur­rently be­ing re­ported by law en­force­ment agencies across the state and coun­try as a real and grow­ing dan­ger. In ad­di­tion, un­safe dis­posal of pre­scrip­tion and OTC med­i­ca­tions is costly to our en­vi­ron­ment and, there­fore, to our health.

In re­sponse to the grow­ing de­mand for a safe and con­ve­nient way to dis­pose of house­hold pre­scrip­tion and OTC drugs, The Coun­cil on Al­co­hol and Drugs re­cently launched “Oper­a­tion Drug Drop Off.” It kicked off with the coun­cil donat­ing a Drug Drop Box in vir­tu­ally ev­ery county in the state that re­quested one (139 coun­ties to date.) The NCSO has in­stalled the “Big White Box” at 15151 Al­covy Road, Cov­ing­ton, Ge­or­gia, 30014.

New­ton County’s “Big White Box” is ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the De­ten­tion Lobby.

The cam­paign goals are to keep these drugs out of the hands of chil­dren and teens, off the street, pre­vent over­doses and ac­ci­den­tal poi­son­ings, and avoid en­vi­ron­men­tal con­tam­i­na­tion by not throw­ing drugs in the toi­let, sink or trash. Items that can be placed in these se­cure drug drop boxes in­clude ex­pired and un­used pre­scrip­tion (non-nar­cotics and nar­cotics), OTC drugs, med­i­ca­tion sam­ples, med­i­cated oint­ment/lo­tion, drops, in­halers, un­opened EpiPens, her­bals, and vet­eri­nary med­i­ca­tions. Items that should not be placed in the boxes in­clude nee­dles or sharps, bio­haz­ard ma­te­ri­als and il­le­gal drugs.

For more in­for­ma­tion on “Oper­a­tion Drug Drop Off” please con­tact Sgt. Cort­ney Mor­ri­son at 678625-1405 or cmor­ri­son@new­ton­sh­er­if­fga.org. For more in­for­ma­tion on pre­vent­ing pre­scrip­tion drug mis­use and abuse please visit http://www. sto­prx­abu­seinga.org or email John Bringuel at jbringuel@live­drugfree.org.

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