Police ask public to help rid your cabinets of unused drugs

By Emily Luxen

PELHAM, AL (WBRC) - Pelham police officers say they are seeing more people abusing prescription drugs. That's why they're participating in a program they hope gets the situation under control.

The Pelham Police Department is teaming up with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to offer a "take back" day, where residents can drop off unused or old prescription drugs.

Officers believe by encouraging residents to clean out their medicine cabinets, they'll be able to reduce the problem.

"It's not just law enforcement. It's medics, hospital staff, and doctors who have to deal with this problem," said Lt. Scott Tucker at the Pelham Police Department. "Everybody sees the effects of this."

Lt. Tucker said the majority of people have prescription drugs in their home. And if those drugs get in the wrong hands, it can be a dangerous situation.

The "take back" day will be Sept. 25 at the Pelham Police Department from 10am-2pm. Officers will not ask any questions, or request any identification from anyone who participates.

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