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More than 100 pounds of medicine incinerated

Code enforcement officer sorts pills (Source: WALB) Code enforcement officer sorts pills (Source: WALB)
Code enforcement officers organize pills dropped off at the Lee County Sheriff's Office (Source: WALB) Code enforcement officers organize pills dropped off at the Lee County Sheriff's Office (Source: WALB)
Just some of the bags of pills collected to incinerate (Source: WALB) Just some of the bags of pills collected to incinerate (Source: WALB)
Jim Wright, Chief County Marshal (Source: WALB) Jim Wright, Chief County Marshal (Source: WALB)
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Lee County is working to keep even more drugs off the streets. 

The Lee County Sheriff's Office along with Lee County Marshal's Office partnered to safely dispose of the pills a few times a year. 

Tuesday was National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. And you can dispose of your pills any time at the Lee County Sheriff's Office. 

More than 100 pounds, or a few trash bags, are filled with prescription and over-the-counter medications.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office along with Code Enforcement Officers partner to safely remove and incinerate the drugs. 

But before law enforcement can do their job, they rely on the public to do their part. 

You don't even need to step inside the sheriff's office to dispose of your pills. 

From there, Lee County sheriff's deputies call code enforcement officers to sort and then properly discard the medications. 

Chief County Marshal Jim Wright said the drug take-back keeps drugs from being abused and accidentally ingested by a child. 

"It's another important step we're taking to try to protect our waterways by keeping these chemicals and other substances from being entered into the waterways or creek," explained Wright.

Now anyone can turn in their pills year round at the Lee County Sheriff's Office or Leesburg Police Department. 

Wright said the next collection and incineration will be in the late summer. 

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