Prescription take-back day at several local sites

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Several local law enforcement agencies will participate in a national prescription drug take-back day on Saturday.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, those interested will be able to drop off their expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at sites across the state, no questions asked.

In Gwinnett, at least four locations will be available for the event orchestrated by the Drug Enforcement Administration: the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office (2900 University Parkway, Lawrenceville), the Norcross Police Department (65 Lawrenceville Street, Norcross), the Snellville Police Department (2315 Wisteria Drive, Snellville) and the Suwanee Police Department (373 Buford Highway, Suwanee).

The goal is to get as many prescription drugs off the street as possible.

"Prescription drug abuse, especially among our youth, continues to be a major concern in America," said Harry S. Sommers, special agent in charge of the DEA's Atlanta field division. "Many users of street drugs like heroin start with prescription drug abuse."

In four previous take-back events, Americans have returned nearly 1.6 million pounds of prescription drugs.

Those interested can find other collection sites by visiting dea.gov.