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Brazos County Sheriff's Office trying to combat prescription drug abuse

POSTED: Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 4:54pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 28, 2012 - 4:22pm

BRAZOS COUNTY -- Prescription pills are everywhere now and according to the DEA it's the second most common form of drug abuse in our country only behind marijuana.

So in an effort to combat the problem here locally the Brazos County Sheriff's Office is offering a way for people to get rid of their unwanted meds properly.

Village Foods pharmacist, Jim Killingsworth, writes hundreds of prescriptions every day but he knows all too well how dangerous they can be.

"All because of what I call the dark side of prescription drugs. The inability to control the drugs in our own medicine cabinet at home."

And it's become a serious issue in Brazos County.

"On a daily basis people are picked up here for prescription drug violations of being in possession of drugs that aren't theirs so it's an ongoing problem," said crime prevention officer for the Sheriff's office, Deputy Ed Frank.

In the past, the only time people have been able to properly dispose of their medicines is when the DEA holds their national program twice a year.

So now the Brazos County Sheriff's Office thinks they've found a solution to help get these drugs out of your medicine cabinets and off the streets on a more regular basis.

Now when you have unwanted or unused prescription medicine you don't have to wait six months to get rid of it.

All you have to do is come sheriff's office, place it in the bin and it's properly disposed of.

"Instead of having it in your home where people can violate it and people can get to it, let's just get it out," said Deputy Frank.

The drug take back box is located in the sheriff's office lobby and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Deputy Frank says you can drop off your meds anonymously. No questions asked.

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