This month, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis "a national emergency." With dozens of overdoses and four deaths in Central Georgia in June,the Jones County Sheriff's Office says they're stepping up their efforts to help.
Some say it's becoming an epidemic, and Captain Jimmy Black says Jones County is taking a hard hit. “Opioids have always been abused. Prescription opioids have always been abused,” said Captain Black with the Jones County Sheriff’s Office. “Here in Jones County, we have an average of ten to twelve overdoses a year.”
Central Georgia is suffering, widespread. In June, four people died and dozens were hospitalized after fake Percocet pills laced with fentanyl were sold in the street. “The rise of the use of fentanyl in illegal substances has brought this back to our attention,” said Black.
So to stop the pill, popping panic, the Jones County Sheriff's Office wants to take your the pills off your hands. “We have a receptacle here at the Sheriff's Office,” said Black.
Expired, unused, or unwanted prescriptions can left here at anytime. Using the service is completely anonymous. All you have to do is come inside of the Jones County Sheriff's Office and throw your unwanted prescriptions into the bin. “It goes to the DEA for destruction. It's not followed up on,” said Black.
But most importantly, it could keep prescription pills out of the hands that could abuse them. Black says you can put any prescription inside the bin, but for safety reasons, they won't accept any syringes or needles.