Operation Take Back cleans out medicine cabinets

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HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT) – A pharmacy parking lot, some deputies, and drugs, lots of drugs. Mostly prescription; and the people to whom they were prescribed are turning them over to law enforcement to keep them out of the wrong hands.

“Pharmaceutical pills are probably one of the most widely abused drugs in America,” said Sergeant Robert Hayes with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. “If people know people have drugs inside their house, you stand a chance of people trying to break in to get to them.”

Operation Take Back, done with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Partnership for a Drug-Free Community to cut access to drugs.

“Just about every bottle we gathered today have pills in them. A lot of them come from people who have family members pass away,” explained Sgt. Hayes.

It’s a nationwide effort and it’s been around for a couple years, having collected millions of pounds of prescription pills. Not only does it help crack down on the potential of future abuse, it disposes of the information, protecting the identity of the person to whom it belongs.

“Once we seal them up, they’ll be incinerated so no one will ever be able to get your information from it,” said Sgt. Hayes. It’s safe way of disposing of them without putting them in the sink or the toilet.”

More than three hundred pounds of pills and bottles were collected and sealed during the seven hour collection: drugs, and information that won’t end up in the wrong places.

Saturday October 3, there will be three more collections happening simultaneously in Madison County from noon until three in the afternoon.

Huntsville Police – Jaycee’s Building 2180 Airport Rd SW, Huntsville, AL 35801

Madison Police – Madison Police Department 100 Hughes Road, Madison, AL 35758

Madison County Sheriff’s Office – CVS 12275 Highway 231/431 North, Meridianville, AL 35759