Lee Co. Sheriff's Office installs drug collection unit

Published: Aug. 18, 2016 at 2:25 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2016 at 2:42 AM CDT
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LEE CO., AL (WSFA) - There is no way to know how many expired and unused prescription medications Americans have in their medicine cabinets. However, we do know if they are not properly disposed, there can be some major consequences.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is now taking a new approach to helping people clean out their medicine cabinets in a safe way.

"It is actually a two point program. Eliminating illicit drugs on the streets from falling into the wrong hands coming out of medicine cabinets at home. And, of course, proper disposal methods to avoid harming the environment," said Jay Jones, Lee County Sheriff.

Through a partnership with CVS Pharmacy and Drugfree.org, the Lee County Sheriff's Office was able to get the free unit. For years, LCSO has taken
part in the Drug Enforcement Administrations National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, but this allows them to take their efforts up a notch.

"This works in partnership with the DEA to properly dispose of these medications. We wanted to do this as a public service and we have seen there is a demand for it," said Jones.

The process is hassle free. You can come into the sheriff's office during normal office hours to d rop off your medications at the front desk and they take it from there by placing it in a bin.

"We have had it up for approximately a week and we have already had to empty the bin at least once. We have had folks coming by and taking advantage of it," said Jones.

The public can access the drug collection unit from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

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