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District 2 Commissioner asks citizens to drop off unused prescription medications on April 30

ATLANTA – Fulton County District 2 Commissioner Bob Ellis is asking residents to drop off unused prescription medications at locations around Fulton County on Saturday April 30, 2016.  This event, “Take it Back for Life”, is part of a nationwide effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to prevent powerful opioid medications from falling into the wrong hands.  

“Plain and simple, we have a nationwide and community problem that we need to confront,” says Commissioner Ellis.  “Over 80% of all opioid prescriptions worldwide are written in the United States and way too much of these dangerous and potentially deadly substances are sitting in our bathrooms and medicine cabinets.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were over 25 thousand deaths in the U.S. in 2014 due to prescription drug overdose with many of those coming from opioid pain relievers like OxyContin.  These numbers represent a 252% increase since 2001.  In addition to these deaths, abuse of opioid pain relievers has been cited as a gateway to use of heroin with an estimated 4 in 5 heroin addicts starting with prescription opioids.  Heroin overdoses claimed 10,500 lives in 2014, a 439% increase since 2001.   As a result, more people died from prescription drug or heroin overdose than from motor vehicle crashes in the same year. 

The goal of National Take-Back Day is to safely dispose of the drugs by dropping unused prescription drugs at a National Take Back Initiative Location between the hours of 10AM and 2PM.

DROP OFF LOCATIONS

  • Milton Police Dept. - Target - 13055 Highway 9, Alpharetta, Ga 30004
  • Roswell Police Dept. - Recycling Center - 11570 Maxwell Road, Alpharetta, Ga. 30004
  • Johns Creek Police Dept. - Target - 5950 State Bridge Road, Duluth, Ga. 30097
  • Atlanta Police Dept. - Zone 1 Precinct - 2315 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy, Atlanta, Ga 30318
  • Atlanta Police Dept.- Zone 2 Precinct - 3120 Maple Drive, Atlanta, Ga. 30305
  • Atlanta Police Dept. - Zone 3 Precinct - 880 Cherokee Avenue, Atlanta, Ga. 30315
  • Atlanta Police Dept. - Zone 4 Precinct - 1125 Cascade Circle, Atlanta, Ga. 30311
  • Atlanta Police Dept. - Zone 5 Precinct - 200 Spring Street, Atlanta, Ga. 30303
  • Fulton County Police Dept. - Walgreens - 6120 Old National Hwy., College Park, Ga. 30349
  • East Point Police Dept. - PD Station - 2727 East Point Street, Atlanta, Ga. 30344

***Below Departments have drop off boxes Monday through Friday***

  • Sandy Springs Police Department - Lobby - 7840 Roswell Road, Bldg.# 301, Sandy Springs, Ga. 30350
  • Roswell Police Department - Lobby - 39 Hill Street, Roswell, Ga. 30075

For more information on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “Take-Back Day” initiative, visit the program online at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

For more information, visit Fulton County’s website at www.fultoncountyga.gov or connect with Fulton County government on Twitter at @FultonInfo or Facebook at @fultoninfo .