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4 Hall Co. sites to collect unwanted prescription drugs Sat.

By Ken Stanford Staff
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GAINESVILLE - The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled the seventh National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This is a chance for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. The service is free and participants remain completely anonymous.

The Drug Free Coalition of Hall County says the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, the Gainesville Police Department, and the Braselton Police Department are providing take back sites in Hall County:

• Gainesville Police Department, located at 701 Queen City Parkway in Gainesville

• Braselton Police Department, 5040 Highway 53, Braselton

• Boy scout Troup 228 Spring Festival, Railroad Avenue / beside the FBPD, Flowery Branch – sponsored by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office

• Lula Pharmacy, 6102 Banks Street, Lula – sponsored by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office

(For more information and the location of other drop-off sites in Georgia and around the country, you can click on the link below.)

This year, the sheriff's office has teamed up with Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County to distribute free medication lock boxes to the first 75 people who drop off medications at the Lula site.

"Every 8 minutes, a child goes to an ER for medicine poisoning, and almost 9 times out of 10, the medicine belongs to an adult. Look at your house from a child’s perspective to see what they can see or reach. Scan your home for places kids can get into medicine. It is pills in purses, vitamins on counters and medicine in daily reminder boxes that curious kids get into.” says Kimberly Martin, Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County Coordinator.

Prescription Take-Back events have been held in Hall County each of the past six National Prescription Take Back Days sponsored by the DEA. The DEA sponsors Take Back Days twice a year. Since April 2011, the first time there was a local Take Back Day, over 600 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs have been collected by local law enforcement within Hall County during these events.

In addition, in November 2012 two permanent medication drug drop boxes were established in Gainesville. They are are located at the Gainesville Police Department and the front lobby of the sheriff's department at 610 Main Street. Both boxes are available from 8:00-5:00 Monday through Friday. Two new permanent medication drop boxes will soon be established when the Hall County Sheriff’s Office opens its north and south Hall County offices in this summer.

Illegal substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine will not be accepted. Intravenous solutions and hypodermic needles are also not accepted. Acceptable items are: expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter solid medications. All medications will be disposed of safely and properly by law enforcement officers. A complete listing of National Take Back initiative collection sites throughout the nation can be found at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

For further information contact the Drug Free Coalition's JP Banks at 770-534-1080 x277 or jpbanks@faceitpeople.org.

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