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WRBL News 3 and Columbus Health Department sponsor Operation Drug Take Back
 
Event will offer safe, secure way for prescription drug disposal and will promote upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
 
Columbus, GA – WRBL News 3 and the Columbus Health Department will team up on Thursday, October 25th for Operation Drug Take Back.
 
From 11:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Muscogee County Sheriff’s deputies will be on site at the Columbus Health Department, located at 2100 Comer Road, accepting expired and unused prescription drugs from citizens for safe and secure disposal.
 
News 3’s Ashley Garrett will report live from the event in the station’s 12:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. newscasts, educating News 3 viewers on the dangers of unused and expired prescription medications, how to properly secure them and the role they can play in the nation’s opioid epidemic when not secured.
 
The event will also help promote the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which will take place the following Saturday, October 27th. Georgia and Alabama law enforcement agencies will be participating, providing a  safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs at locations across both states. 
 
To located a local collection site on the day of the 27th, click here.
 
According to the DEA, a 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found 6.2 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study showed that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from a home medicine cabinet.
 
For more information on prescription drug abuse, go to:
 
www.DEA.gov
www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com
www.JustThinkTwice.com

Search for a Local Take Back Collection Site

For Georgia residents specifically, click here.