The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration estimates 7-million Americans abuse prescription drugs.  Locally, an effort involving the Madison County Sheriff's Department is being unveiled.  The department has placed a permanent and secure drop box in its lobby to collect unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication.  

Among abusers over the age of 12, research shows 70% obtain the drugs from friends and family members.  Lieutenant Gale Becker says the collection box is not meant for illicit drugs, such as marijuana, heroin, intra-venous solutions, injectables and syringes.

Becker comments

He says the idea for a permanent drop box came after being involved in a couple of National Drug Take Back events sponsored by the DEA.  It is estimated more than 4,000 young adults and children have their first experiment with prescription drugs every day.  

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