Pine Belt law enforcement participates in Drug Take Back Day

Pine Belt law enforcement participates in Drug Take Back Day

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Local law enforcement agencies have teamed up with Pine Belt residents to help get rid of old or unused prescription drugs.

Saturday was National Drug Take Back Day.

Law enforcement agencies like the Laurel and Petal Police Departments were drop-off points for the medications.

Officers said the Take Back Day is a great way to protect the public and the environment.

"We don't want these medicines getting in the wrong hands, people who don't need them and they end up on the street being sold, people overdose on them," said Phillip Humphrey, a K-9 officer with the Petal Police Department.

"It gives us a good, safe way to dispose of the drugs rather than to have them flushed down your toilet, put down the sink or in the landfills," said Capt. Tommy Cox, of the Laurel Police Department.

Petal Police said nearly three dozen people brought in old medications Saturday, while Laurel Police said they collected about two hundred pounds of drugs.