SCSO Installing Drug Drop Box in Govt. Building

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office adds another drug drop box in the community.

A secure drug drop box will now be located in the lobby of the Stephens County Government Building in downtown Toccoa.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said he is happy to partner with the Council on Alcohol and Drugs to provide this secure location for dropping off unused or out-of-date prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

“The campaign goal is to keep the drugs out of the hands of children and teens, keep them off the street, prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings and avoid environmental contamination by putting them in the commode and flushing them,” said Shirley.

According to Shirley, items that can be placed in the box include expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs, medication samples, medicated ointment or lotion, drops, inhalers, unused epi-pens, herbals, and veterinary medications.

The sheriff said needles or sharps, biohazard materials, and illegal drugs should not be placed in the boxes.

Shirley went on to say the drugs placed in the boxes are then taken to Atlanta and disposed of properly.

The box will be available to the public during the business hours at the Stephens County Government Building, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

A secure drug drop box is also available at both the Stephens County Jail and the Toccoa Police Department.