DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) —Saturday was National Drug Take Back Day, which was started by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2010 and it allows people to get rid of any unused, expired, or unnecessary prescription medications anonymously at different locations across the nation.
In Dothan, the 334 Prevention Project and the Dothan Police Department collected these unwanted medications from members of the community at the Dothan Police Department on N. St. Andrews Street.
Over the course of 4 hours, the group collected more than 3 cardboard boxes full of medications to dispose of, which is more than they collected during their last drug takeback in April.
“Definitely shows that the community’s for one listening to our messages and they are also taking that step forward to get these unused drugs out of their homes and to a place where we can get them destroyed,” Dothan Police Corporal, Erik Broten said.
Organizers of Saturday’s event also say that the Dothan Police Department has a prescription drug drop box located in the lobby of their building and people can simply walk into the lobby Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. to drop any unwanted medications into the locked drop box.