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Sheriff Hillhouse accepting prescription drugs during drop-off program Saturday

ATHENS, April 19, 2017–Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse will accept expired and unused prescription medications – no questions asked – Saturday, April 29, as part of a national program to keep these medications off the streets and away from abusers.

The Sheriff’s Office at 206 North Murchison in downtown Athens will be open to the public Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., where uniformed deputies will accept the prescription drugs.

“In the wrong hands, these drugs can do real harm,” he said. “So, there will be a no-questions-asked, open-house day for anyone who wants to properly dispose of medications this weekend.”

The “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” is an initiative by the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement operations across the country.

Last year, a record was set when 893,498 pounds – about 447 tons – of unwanted medications were turned in at more than 4,200 collection points across the country.

Hillhouse said if not properly handled, unused and out-of-date prescribed medications can be either abused or turned into illegal narcotics.

“We will make sure these meds, which in the right hands save lives, don’t take lives,” he said.

He urged people to search bathroom cabinets, kitchen drawers and bed-side tables for old

medications.

“That’s where thieves, in some cases, and children, in other instances, find the medicine

and it gets abused,” “This simple no-questions-asked operation is the safest way to make sure these often powerful pills don’t end up in the wrong hands.”

“It is a fact that most prescription drug abusers report they got the drugs from their family and friends,” Hillhouse said. “We can stop this in its tracks if people take advantage of this worthwhile program.”

Hillhouse said this is the first year his office will participate in the national effort and will work to do it annually. 

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