Muscogee County Sheriff's Office collects more than 500 pounds of drugs

The Muscogee County Sheriff's office collected more than 500 pounds of prescription and non-prescription drugs this weekend as part of the National Takeback Initiative.

The sheriff's office partnered with Columbus Waterworks, Keep Columbus Beautiful and several local drugstores to set up collection stations for residents to drop off old drugs at the Columbus Library on Macon Road and the Wal-Mart on Airport Thruway on Saturday.

Sheriff John Darr said they collected 506 pounds of drugs this year. During last year's collection, 305 pounds were collected.

"It's been a real successful campaign," he said during a press conference Monday.

Darr said the drugs -- which included medicines like pseudoephedrine, Accutane and Viagra, as well as epi-pens and hypodermic needles -- would be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration to be disposed of.

"A lot of the medications, you don't want them getting into the wrong hands," he said.

Those that missed the collection on Saturday can bring their expired drugs to the sheriff's office, he said. Don't toss them in the trash or flush them down the toilet.

"It's important to divert these chemicals from our landfills and waterways," said Gloria Weston-Smart, executive director of Keep Columbus Beautiful. "We know it's harmful to the environment."