Local authorities collected more than 190 pounds of unused or expired medication Saturday during Operation Pill Drop.
Members of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Gainesville, Oakwood and Braselton police departments were stationed at six sites throughout the county collecting medicine from residents as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
“The success of the event continues to grow,” said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. “We want to remove unwanted, unused medications from medicine cabinets at homes to reduce the chances they fall into wrong hands.
“(Collected medicines) ran the gamut from over-the-counter cold medications all the way up to narcotic pain medicine.”
Another benefit of the collection was to reduce the environmental impact of medicines, Wilbanks said.
“Flushing medications down the toilet is no longer acceptable because it can end up in ground water,” he said.
The sheriff’s office is looking to install a permanent drop-off point for residents to dispose of those medications year-round.