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DEA hosts prescription drug drop

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Saturday the Drug Enforcement Administration coordinated a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation's medicine cabinets.

Hundreds of people in south Georgia are participating by taking their unused and expired prescriptions to sites drop off sites for disposal.

At the Albany site some prescriptions went as far back as 1965.

Law enforcers say the drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and child safety.

"A child and walk up get their hand on this and not realize this is dangerous for them, also for those who are trying to experiment with them at pill parties. It takes those possibilities away and they're simply old and outdated," said Major Bill Berry, Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Commander.

This was the first national prescription take-back campaign. The Albany dump site collected at least two hundred pounds.

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