MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - According to Madison County Sheriff's Office painkiller addiction is a tremendous epidemic not only locally, but around the country. He said that's why several law enforcement agencies host a Prescription Drug take back event. The Madison County Sheriff's office hosted theirs Saturday.
Madison County resident Ann Gunderman was just one of many to turn over their unwanted prescription drugs. "This way is safe and I get rid of it. It's not clogging up my house and I don't have to worry about grand kids getting in to it or dogs," Gunderman said.
Madison County Sheriff Chief Deputy Dave Jernigan said their prescription drop off is held normally twice a year. He said at the of the end of the day they always leave with two trucks full of unwanted or expired prescription drugs.
"We want to have a place where people can come and drop them off so unauthorized users can keep their hands off of it", Chief Deputy Jernigan said.
Deputy Jernigan said pills can't be flushed down the toilet or thrown away in the trash. The harmful chemicals will get into the sewer system or in the wrong hands.
"It's getting if off the street and getting it out of the houses. It's getting it to a place where people can feel comfortable and that law enforcement can take it to the next stop," Chief Deputy Jernigan said.
Chief Deputy Jernigan said all of the medication will be burned in a disclosed location and they will have another drop off event in the spring.