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Pill take-backs are working


South Georgia drug agents say they believe prescription pill take back sites and events are making a difference in drug abuse. But say the crime issue is still epidemic.  

The Drug Enforcement Administration's  take back event in parts of Georgia in April collected more than 10,000 pounds of medications and pills.

In Albany pill drop boxes are available to the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit headquarters on Pine Avenue and at the Courthouse.  

"Agents say people have been dropping an average of 12 pounds, that's about 11,000 pills a months.   The more pills that people turn in, that we get off the streets," said Major Bill Berry, A.D.D.U. Commander.  "That it keeps from being available to our young teenagers.  Or even younger than that, helps us tremendously."

  Drug agents say prescription pills have become one of their largest crime issues.

The  DEA says the majority of abused prescription drug are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.



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