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Franklin County & Rocky Mount take a stand against prescription drug abuse

April 26, 2010
  • Authorities collected more than 13,000 over-the-counter and prescription pills over the weekend.
Authorities collected more than 13,000 over-the-counter and prescription pills over the weekend.

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.

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"A lot of younger people are using medications not knowing what they are or what's going to happen to it and that's where are concern is," says Rocky Mount Police Chief Erik Mollin.

"It's just too easy to get, it's just sitting in your cabinet at home right now," say Greg Winge who's part of a committee that formed last April to combat this type of drug abuse.

The drug abuse committee stresses, un-used and expired medicine should not be flushed down the toilet because it ends up in the water supply.

All of the prescription drugs that were collected are currently sealed under close watch until they're taken to an incinerator and burned in Lynchburg.

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