Board of Health, DeKalb Police to Partner Again for Drug Take Back Day

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DECATUR, Ga. – DeKalb County, it’s that time – time to clean out your medicine cabinet.


To make the process easy, the DeKalb County Board of Health is again joining forces with the DeKalb County Police Department to provide four drive-thru drop-off locations on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration has designated April 27, 2019, as the 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.


“Prescription drug misuse, including opioid abuse and overdoses, has created a public health crisis that our community must address with great urgency,” said DeKalb County District Health Director S. Elizabeth Ford, M.D., M.B.A. “We’re happy to join with the DeKalb County Police Department again for this event, as we share the common goal of keeping excess prescription drugs out of our community.”


The importance of proper drug disposal is also echoed by those in law enforcement.


“The opioid crisis is one of the greatest health and public safety threats we have encountered. In 2015, over 2 million Americans suffered from a substance use disorder,“ says DeKalb County Chief of Police James W. Conroy. “Properly disposing of old and unneeded medication is key to addressing this crisis. Please participate in our drug take back day to help make our community safer.”

The free drive-thru drop-off locations on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. are:


• Clifton Springs Health Center 3110 Clifton Springs Road, Suite D, Decatur
• East DeKalb Health Center 2277 S. Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road, Stonecrest
• North DeKalb Health Center 3807 Clairmont Road, N.E., Chamblee
• Richardson Health Center 445 Winn Way, Decatur


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