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Volunteers get nearly 400lbs of pills off Dougherty Co. streets

Judy Bowles, KAPD Executive Director Judy Bowles, KAPD Executive Director
A pill drop box in the lobby of the courthouse in downtown Albany A pill drop box in the lobby of the courthouse in downtown Albany
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

One southwest Georgia organization helped law enforcement get hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs off the streets.

The Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful executive director says volunteers and law enforcement collected nearly 400 pounds of pills and capsules during four collection events this year. They also reported taking in 40 pounds of liquid medication like cough syrups off the streets.

Organizers say most of the drugs were old prescriptions sitting in people's medicine cabinets. They say properly disposing of them helps reduce crime and improves the community.

"Our message always to them is never flush any of your medications. Water treatment plants are not set up to take those chemicals out of the water," said Judy Bowles, KAPD Executive Director.

Bowles said the organization is planning other collection events in 2014. She said residents who throw away medication should first place capsules and pills in ziplock bags and crush them before discarding.

People can also drop medications in drop boxes at the courthouse in downtown Albany, or at the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit for proper disposal.

 

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