Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day. It's meant to get drugs off the streets all around the country. The Madison County Sheriff's Office said local citizens need to be better informed because it affects everyone.
"Substance abuse is not restricted to any class of people or any social aspect of our community," said Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner.
There will be several take back sites across the Valley.
Turner hopes the take back sites will make a much-needed community impact. "This is a very real crisis in our community. For the last twenty years as a drug investigator and working the streets of Huntsville and Madison County, I have seen a very high incline in opioid abuse."
Many people think that these drop-offs are only for prescription drugs. The sheriff says he's happy to dispose of any and all drugs.
"If you want to bring marijuana down there and drop it off in a bag, I'll take it. If it's getting drugs off of our streets and it prevents our kids from using, becoming addicted to or whatever else. That's what we're here to do," explained Turner.
Deputies, Huntsville police officers, and drug enforcement agents will be present at several stops to make sure things run smoothly.
"They will be able to drive up, drop off, no questions asked," added Turner. "No matter what it is. We're there to take the drugs back not ask a lot of questions."
Madison County Sheriff's Office says they have taken two thousand pounds of prescription drugs off the street since starting drug disposal programs.
During the last Take Back Day in October 2018, 4,770 law enforcement agencies participated across 5,839 sites, collecting just over 914,000 pounds of unused medication.
Several agencies across the Tennessee Valley will participate from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - Lincoln County High School, 1233 Huntsville Highway, Fayetteville, TN 37334
- Cullman Police Department - Walmart Supercenter, 626 Olive Street SW, Cullman, AL 35055
- DeKalb County Sheriff's Office - First State Bank, 246 Main Street E, Rainsville, AL 35986
- Giles County Sheriff's Office - CVS Pharmacy, 709 West College, Pulaski, TN 38478
- Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit - Walmart, 304 E. Meighan Blvd., Gadsden, AL 35903
- Lawrence County Sheriff's Office - WLX County Cafe, 1212 N. Locust Ave, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
- Muscle Shoals Police Department - Walmart, 517 Avalon Ave, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
- Red Bay Police Department - Red Bay City Hall, 203 4th Ave SE Red Bay, AL 35582
- Huntsville Police Department and Madison County Sheriff's Office - In addition to their year-round drop site at 715 Wheeler Ave NW in Huntsville
- Parking lot on the north side of Wheeler Ave. (next to Huntsville Police Department) - 815 Wheeler Ave. NW, Huntsville, AL 35801
- Alabama A&M University Student Health & Counseling Center - 4011 Meridian St., Huntsville, AL 35811
- Madison Police Department (from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.) - 100 Hughes Road, Madison, AL 35758
- Kroger Parking Lot - 7090 Hwy 72 W., Huntsville, AL 35806
- CVS Pharmacy (from 9 a.m.-noon) - 12275 Hwy 231-431 N, Meridianville, AL 25759
- CVS Pharmacy (from 9 a.m.-noon) - 5859 AL-53, Harvest, AL 35749
More take-back sites will be added each day, so check here for an updated list.