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Hall takes prescription meds back this Saturday

POSTED: April 26, 2013 12:07 a.m.

Hall County will have three locations for the fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Police Department, and Braselton Police Department are providing take-back sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sites are:

  • Gainesville Police Department, 701 Queen City Parkway in Gainesville
  • Sterling on the Lake community center, 7004 Lake Sterling Blvd., Flowery Branch — sponsored by The Hall County Sheriff’s Office
  • Braselton Police Department, 5040 Ga. 53, Braselton

“Prescription drugs are considered a gateway drug to other serious and dangerous street drugs; this program enables us to get individuals’ unwanted, unused and expired medicine out of our homes and to law enforcement agencies for proper disposal. It’s crucial that unused, unwanted and expired drugs lurking in people’s medicine cabinets do not end up in the wrong hands,” Gainesville Police Chief Brian P. Kelly said.

Sheriff Gerald Couch said, “Winning the war on drug abuse begins within our own medicine cabinets. Further, improper disposal of certain medications can result in a dangerous discovery by a small child. When you conduct your spring cleaning this year, don’t forget to check all the nooks and crannies around your home. Then, join the Hall County Sheriff’s Office on April 27 in the proper disposal of your unused and expired prescription medications.”

Prescription Take-Back events have been held in Hall County each of the past five National Prescription Take Back Days sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. “Prevention is vital to reducing drug abuse and local participation in the DEA’s National Prescription Take Back Day is one way every Hall County resident can contribute; said JP Banks, Drug-Free Coalition of Hall County director.

For persons unable to participate in the April 27 Take-Back Day, the Hall County Sheriff’s office and the Gainesville Police Department have established permanent drop boxes. The drop boxes are at the Gainesville Police Department, 701 Queen City Parkway; the sheriff’s office drop box is at 610 Main St., Gainesville. Both boxes are available from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Illegal substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine will not be accepted. Intravenous solutions and hypodermic needles are also not accepted.

For further information, contact JP Banks at 770-534-1080, ext. 277, or jpbanks@faceitpeople.org.


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