SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Police departments across the country, including several right here in South Mississippi, participated in national drug take back day on Saturday. This year's drop off locations included Gulfport, Long Beach and Pass Christian police departments as well as Keesler Air Force Base's AAFES exchange.
Sgt. Chris Weiss, with the Pass Christian Police Department, said within the first two hours, he saw about 30 people make drop offs.
"We got everything from lortab to morphine," said Weiss.
Those are just a few of the high street value prescription drugs that were turned in at the Pass Christian Library. Thousands of pills were collected from the drop off locations, with one common goal in mind.
"So they don't fall into the wrong hands. Sometimes people have family members who may be addicted or may sell them, and it's also to get rid of expired prescriptions," said Detective Beeman, with the Long Beach Police Department.
Most of the drugs were just old prescriptions that people no longer needed or used, and wanted to dispose of safely. Doug MacCullagh, who was making a drop off in Long Beach, said he did it to keep them away from his grand kids, and feels like it's a nice way to safely and legally get rid of expired medicine.
For those who don't surrender their old prescriptions, officers with both Pass Christian and Long Beach police departments warn against flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away.
Beeman says the illegal use of prescription drugs is much more likely than the use of recreational drugs here in Long Beach
"It is a problem. We've had a big problem with it here in Long Beach, and this is a good way to help alleviate that problem," said Beeman.
Once all the pills are taken in, they are collected from the different drop off locations by the DEA, and incinerated to ensure they are safely discarded.
If you would like to get rid of your prescription drugs throughout the year, you are always welcome to take them your local police department.