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FCSO taking back Rx drugs
Drop-off event set for Saturday
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County Sherriff’s Office’s south precinct is at 2985 Ronald Reagan Blvd. The north precinct is at 2310 Keith Bridge Road. For more information, call (678) 513-5982. For more information on the Johns Creek collection, contact (678) 474-1606.

Drugs, even the prescription variety, can be harmful.

That’s why the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday.

"Nationwide, there is plenty of abuse that’s going on with prescription drugs,” said Sheriff's Investigator Terry Hawkins. “Each day, 2,500 teens nationwide use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.

"Where they’re getting these drugs, the majority is from family and friends, which means the drugs are in their home.”

Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the agency will be collecting unwanted, expired or unused medicines at its north and south precincts.

The drop-offs can be turned in anonymously for safe disposal, no questions asked.

The sheriff's office is working with the Drug Enforcement Administration to safely dispose of the drugs and prevent them from entering waterways when people flush them down a toilet.

“The day is a good way to offer these people a solution rather than flushing or letting the drugs remain in their home,” Hawkins said. “This gives them a way to turn them in and we dispose of them safely.”

The county collected 68 pounds of medication last year, Hawkins said, and he’s hoping to exceed that total this year.

The Johns Creek Police Department is also participating in the program, with collections running from 10 a.m. to 4 the RBC Bank on 11758 Jones Bridge Road.

“Many people don’t know where to go or how to properly dispose of their expired or unused prescription drugs,” said Johns Creek Lt. Roland Castro. “This initiative
provides citizens with a convenient and safe way to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs.”