National Drug Take-Back Day
Published April 27th, 2013
NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA -- Give us your drugs, no questions asked.
That was the theme for county law enforcement throughout the state participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Over the past several years the Drug Enforcement Adminstration has collected more than 2 million pounds of prescription medications.
Here in North Central Florida, take back efforts resulted in some of the most successful collections to date.
Dozens of people in Alachua County turned in old and unwanted medication.
Most people who turned them in said they were just safely getting rid of unused prescriptions.
"We're protecting young people from experimenting but we're also protecting people from addiction for the folks who have it," ASO Crime Prevention Deputy Cary Gallop said.
In total... Alachua County Sheriff's Office collected more than 200 pounds of medication.
Columbia County reports more than 175 pounds of medicine collected.
The drugs will now be taken and safely destroyed through the DEA.
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