The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will host an event this weekend to help keep unwanted or expired prescription medications off the streets.
The Drug Take Back event, which is held twice a year, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two CVS locations Saturday. It will be at the 1520 Walton Way and 2902 Peach Orchard Road stores.
Sgt. Shane McDaniel said the event has been very useful in helping residents get rid of these drugs.
“It’s free of charge with no questions asked and has turned out to be a very positive thing,” he said.
During the event deputies collect drugs from residents. Once the drugs are collected the sheriff’s office turns them over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation where they are “safely destroyed,” McDaniel said.
“We don’t want children to get their hands on some kind of hard narcotic that they might have stumbled across inside of their house be it in a medicine cabinet, or behind a night stand, or even on the street somewhere,” he said. “So if (residents) have anything they can just go to one of the locations where we will be sitting and drop it off. The objective is to get it off the street so we can destroy it accordingly.”
The sheriff’s office also has a collection bin in its lobby at 400 Walton Way where pills can be dropped off year-round during business hours. The Food and Drug Administration recommends keeping drugs stored in a secure location that’s not accessible by children or pets. It also recommends that users frequently check expiration dates.