MUSCOGEE COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem across the country and here in the Chattahoochee Valley.
But thanks to the Muscogee County's Drug Take Back Initiative, hundreds of pounds of medications have been turned into the DEA.
Since the beginning of the year the imitative has collected nearly a ton of prescription and over the counter medications – 1,900 pounds in all - and turned it over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for disposal.
Sheriff John Darr says the drop off program helps to keep these drugs out of the wrong hands.
"Muscogee County Sheriff's office take back program is really designed to prevent the diversion, misuse, and abuse of drugs that are being turned in," Darr said.
Darr thanks several local businesses for their help including Kmart, Columbus Waterworks, Keep Columbus Beautiful, CVS, My Care, and Dinglewood Pharmacies.
He encourages people to continue to drop off old prescription and over the counter medications at the Sheriff's Office for disposal.