On Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. the Newton County Sheriff's Office will be hosting the third national Drug Enforcement Administration's prescription drug "Take-Back" campaign. The Sheriff's Office will be holding the event inside the Wal-mart Supercenter located at 10300 Industrial Blvd. N.E. in Covington. Sheriff's Office personnel with have a drop-off station set up and clearly marked for citizens to locate and discard unwanted prescription drugs. The "Take-Back" campaign seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The Sheriff's Office is partnering with the DEA to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. The service is free and anonymous to all citizens in Newton County and surrounding areas with no questions asked.
Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown urges all Newton Citizens to get involved and bring any dangerous, unwanted or unused prescription drugs to the drop off location on Oct. 29. He said, "Many do not realize the tragic impact that prescription drugs (when abused) has on our society. When law enforcement and the community we protect work together it makes the quality of life better for us all."