Pharmacies collect thousands of pills for Drug Take Back Initiative in Columbus

Pharmacies collect thousands of pills for Drug Take Back initiative

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office is releasing results from its 5th annual Drug Take Back initiative.

Sheriff John Darr says they collected more than 3,000 pounds of pills since last year and collected 100 pounds from this past Saturday alone.

People had the opportunity to drop off the pills at the CVS Pharmacy on Double Churches Road over the weekend.

There are also year-round drop boxes for pills at the Government and Citizens Service Center along with Dinglewood and North Columbus Pharmacies.

Sheriff Darr says he thinks partnerships with local pharmacies help spread the word about properly disposing prescription drugs.

"When you talk to some of these local pharmacist that we partner with. They say they have a lot of people call them up. That is really one of the things that led to this. They were getting calls that they have all this medication and they do not know what to do with it," Sheriff Darr said.

All of the collected prescription drugs will be turned over to the drug enforcement agency.

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