MUSCOGEE COUNTY, Ga.- Saturday, the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office partnered with CVS to collect unwanted medicine as part of a nationwide drug take back program. The program allowed people to dispose of the medicines in a safe way.
The office received more than 100 pounds of unwanted, unused or expired medicines at the event, bringing the year’s total to more than 2,100 pounds, a record.
Sheriff John Darr said prescription drug abuse is a problem among varying ages. “You always read stats out there, and young people are really abusing prescription medication,” Sheriff Darr said. “But, let’s not be naïve, it affects young people, people in their early 30s and 40s and then of course elderly people. Everybody abuses prescription medication, it’s just on what level?”
Sheriff Darr says the medicine will be turned over to the DEA and from there it will be destroyed.
There are four turn in locations for prescription drugs across Columbus: Dinglewood Pharmacy, North Columbus Pharmacy, the Citizens Service Center and the Government Center,