Lilburn to collect expired drugs

LILBURN -- The city of Lilburn is participating in "Operation Drug Drop Off," setting up a drop box at its police station for prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

The "Big White Box" is intended to help people dispose of drugs no longer needed or out of date, since many of those end up in the water supply or in the hands of drug abusers.

"The Lilburn Police Department constantly strives to be proactive in enhancing public safety and saving lives in our community," Chief Bruce Hedley said in a press release.

The growing danger of unsafe disposal of medications has caused the Council on Alcohol and Drugs to launch a campaign, with the council donating drug drop boxes in nearly every county in the state. The goals are to keep these drugs out of the hands of children and teens, off the street, prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings, and avoid environmental contamination by not throwing drugs in the toilet, sink, or trash.

Lilburn's box is in the police headquarters lobby located at 76 Main St., where it is accessible to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Items that can be placed in these secure drug drop boxes include expired and unused prescription (non-narcotics and narcotics), OTC drugs, medication samples, medicated ointment/lotion, drops, inhalers, unopened epi-pens, herbals and veterinary medications. Items that should not be placed in the boxes include needles, biohazard materials and illegal drugs.

For more information on preventing prescription drug misuse and abuse, go to www.stoprxabuseinga.org.