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Gainesville adds drop boxes for old medication

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. -

New drop boxes allow people in Gainesville to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs and in way that police hope will cut down on drug abuse.
 
Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic said authorities decided to create a permanent drop box after seeing the public response during "Take Back" days in September. During that campaign, residents handed over 196 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
 
Cronic told The Times of Gainesville that more people in his area are dying from abuse of prescription drugs than illegal drugs. He said that he hoped that helping residents get rid of unwanted medication will cut down on abuse.
 
One drop box has been installed at the sheriff's office. The second is accessible at the city police department.

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