Drug pick-up aims to help keep down crime

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Authorities say they hope Saturday’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will help slow a growing problem with prescription drug abuse and the types of crimes it brings.
Law enforcement agencies nationwide are participating in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s third such event and seek to collect millions of dosages of used and unwanted prescription drugs that people store in medicine cabinets and on bedside night stands.
Drug drop-off points will be set up across the country from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. where people can take their unwanted prescription drugs.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson and Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson will set up drop-off points.
Dickinson said prescription drug-related crimes and usage are growing at an alarming rate in his county, so he hopes getting the drugs out of public reach will help to slow that trend.
“People are breaking into people’s houses for these drugs and stealing them any way they can,” said Dickinson. “So getting them out of the public’s hands is key.”
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said this will be his department’s third year for the campaign. Last year the department collected nine large garbage bags full of medication.
“Sometimes people don’t know what to do with these meds, so they let them just sit in the home,” said Johnson. “This helps them to get rid of these things without having to worry about someone else getting their hands on them.”
danza.johnson@journalinc.com

Drop-off sites
• Bruce Police Department – Fire Department at
118 Calhoun St.

• Itawamba Sheriff’s Department – Walmart parking lot at 100 Interchange Drive, Fulton

• Holly Springs Police Department – Walmart
parking lot at 950 Mackie Drive

• Fulton Police Department – Mantachie Town
Hall at 3256 Highway 371 North

• Mississippi State University – MSU Student
Union (Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

• Okitbbeha County Sheriff’s Department – Piggly Wiggly parking lot at 118 Highway 12

• Lee County Sheriff’s Department – sheriff’s office

(Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)