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Posted: September 24, 2010 12:30 a.m.

NCSO to collect unwanted meds at Wal-Mart

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is working to help prevent prescription drug abuse by collecting expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Walmart Supercenter, 10300 Industrial Blvd. N.E.

The sheriff’s department is participating in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s "Take Back" campaign.

There will be a drop-off area inside the store where you can drop off the drugs so they can be properly disposed of by law officers, according to Sheriff’s 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell in a press release.

"The ‘Take Back’ campaign seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft," he said.

The service is free. You can bring in any prescriptions, no questions asked.

"Many do not realize the tragic impact that prescription drugs (when abused) has on our society," according to Sheriff Ezell Brown in a press release. "When law enforcement and the community we protect work together in taking these drugs off our streets it makes the quality of life better for us all."

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