Police and Sheriff's deputies in one area hometown are taking a different approach as they carry on the fight against drugs, particularly prescription drugs.
Authorities collected more than 13,000 over-the-counter and prescription pills over the weekend. (The medicine either expired or is no longer being used). It's evidence that the fight against drugs is not just on the street anymore.
"That seems to be the trend now in the last several years is prescription drugs that we're probably buying more and seeing more abuse of than we are actually seeing of the what we used to say the old cocaine and methamphetamine," says Franklin County Sheriff Ewell Hunt.
Over the past weekend, law enforcement officials worked the first ever prescription drug drop off in that area with sites at Smith Mountain Lake, Ferrum and Rocky Mount.
In a matter of hours, people turned in enough medicine to fill six boxes with painkillers and anti- depressants. Both police say, have turned up at the local high school.