Area locations will take part this weekend in a national campaign designed to curb prescription drug abuse.
Take back events will take place in Milledgeville, Eatonton, Ivey, Washington County and other surrounding areas where Drug Enforcement Administration and state, local and community partners will collect unwanted medicines as part of Saturday’s National Presciption Drug Take Back Day.
“We understand the prescription medicine abuse is a serious issue that is affecting a generation,” said U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore via press release. “We decided to take action and join this important effort because we are passionate about our connection to prescription medicine abuse. As procecutors of narcotics cases, we understand that the need to take action is crucial. Presciption medicines and over-the-counter cough medications have become the most commonly abused drugs among 12- to 13-year-olds. Cleaning out medicine cabinets and securing medications will reduce prescription medicine abuse among teens, by making sure they are unable to access them easily.”
To join the effort or find a take back location, visit www.MedicineAbuseProject.org.
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