Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Chatham County was a huge success. Eighty pounds were collected by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. In all, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, and other law enforcment agencies in Southeast Georgia collected 1,005 pounds of pills and prescription drugs and medications. All of the unwanted and expired drugs were then taken the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Savannah office where they were weighed and will be incinerated. Sheriff Al St Lawrence said, “We partner twice a year with the DEA for this event and every time we do it the turnout is great. People are cleaning out their medicine cabinets and bringing the drugs to us and that means those prescription drugs are not falling into the wrong hands.” Illegal prescription drug abuse is second only to marijuana in its popularity among teenage drug users. Here is a breakdown from the Sheriff’s Office collection sites: 1. Walmart on Pooler Parkway –
22 lbs. , 2. Walmart on Whitemarsh Island 26 lbs., and 3. Walmart on Montgomery Cross Road – 32lbs. The total Drug Enforcement Agency collection in Southeast Georgia was 1,005 LBS. The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks 2nd only to marijuana as the most popular drug in the United States. Studies show 6 of the top 10 substances abused by 12th graders were prescription and over the counter medications.