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Sheriff provides collection box to dispose of leftover prescriptions
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
May 23, 2013 | 973 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Drug Drop Box is located in the lobby of the Jones County Sheriff’s Office and is there to dispose of expired or leftover prescriptions.
The Drug Drop Box is located in the lobby of the Jones County Sheriff’s Office and is there to dispose of expired or leftover prescriptions.
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The lobby of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department has something new added to help with the disposal of dangerous drugs.

According to a press release from The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, the Big White Box campaign will help alleviate a major problem, which is the proper disposal of prescription and over-the-counter drugs that are out of date or no longer needed.

The Drug Drop Box campaign is in response to prescription drug abuse among all age groups that is being reported by law enforcement agencies across the state. In addition to that, unsafe disposal of the drugs in landfills and even down the drain is costly to the environment and can be a public health concern.

The Council donated dropboxes in all 128 counties that requested one. Jones County’s Drug Drop Box is available 24/7 in the outer lobby of the Sheriff’s office located at 123 Holmes Hawkins Drive, just off Highway 18 East in Gray.

The goal of the drop box campaign is to keep the drugs out of the hands of children, teens, and off the street. Throwing expired and unused prescription drugs in the toilet, sink, or trash can cause environmental contamination and accidental poisonings.

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