October 25-- With the country in the midst of an opioid drug crisis, this Saturday's designation as National Drug Take Back Day takes on added importance.
It's the day you are asked to check your medicine cabinet for unused or expired prescription drugs and turn them in to various designated locations.
In Toombs County, the Sheriff's Office in Lyons takes drug turn-ins any business day, but will be open from eight till five Saturday, according to Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight, "If you have drugs in your home that you're not using anymore, you can bring them to our office and we'll take them and destroy them for you."
There's a drop box in the lobby of the Sheriff's office where you can deposit the drugs for incineration by the Sheriff's Department. If you want to be anonymous, Sheriff Kight recommends you peel the labels off the drug bottle or put the drugs in a plastic bag or sack.
The Georgia Council on Alcohol and Drugs says accessibility is the top contributing factor to the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. Sheriff Kight also notes,"It's a bad safety situation for small children in a home to have these drugs laying around."