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DEA says Georgia pill drop was record setter

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Georgians turned in a record amount of unwanted medication last week during the National Prescription Drug Take Back event.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration reports Georgians turned in more than 12,000 pounds of unwanted or expired drugs.

That's more than 4000 pounds more than last year.

In Dougherty County officials collected 67-pounds of prescription pills.   That's more than 60,000 pills, and more than 10 gallons of liquid medications.

All of it was disposed of safely,  not flushed.

Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful Executive Director Judy Bowles said "That's the worst thing you could do, because our water treatment plant is not set up to take chemicals out. And it harms some of the micro-organisms that take care of what we want taken care of at the water treatment plant."

Dougherty County's next drug pill drop will be September 14th.

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