Collected meds fill eight bags

By SHEENA BARNETT / NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Eight large bags of medications, old and new, prescription and over the counter, were collected by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday.
Sheriff Jim Johnson encouraged folks to drop off their unused or expired prescription drugs to the office on Saturday as a part of the American Medicine Chest Challenge, a nationwide effort to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse and the safe ways to dispose of medicine.
More than 30 people dropped off medications that filled eight large bags at the sheriff’s department.
“You can now see the drug problem that we have,” Johnson said.
Some of the bottles were full; some were almost empty. Some were decades old, while others were still new. Prescription medications were mixed in with over-the-counter meds and vitamins. Some even dropped off their pets’ medications.
The sheriff’s department partnered with Region III Center to host the drug drop-off. Amanda Wilson, director of alcohol and drug services for Region III, called it a “great success.”
Four other locations also took in medicine on Saturday: Amory, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Houston and the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department.
Seven people dropped off medication in Amory, four in Pontotoc and none in Monroe or Houston.
The Sheriff’s Department will host another drop-off date in the spring.
The drugs dropped off Saturday will be safely disposed of by the sheriff’s department.
Contact Sheena Barnett at (662) 678-1580 or sheena.barnett@djournal.com.