The Meridian Police Department is participating in National Drug Abuse Month by providing a permanent 24-hour prescription drug drop box.
“It’s important to take advantage of the drug take back, it is free and is anonymous. We ask that you remove your prescription labels from your medicine bottles. We don’t need to know who you are, we don’t need to know what type of drugs those are. Just brings back your pill and patches,” said Lt. Rita Jack, Meridian Police Department.
Officials say it’s important to check for expired medicine and discard.
“It’s very important for you to go and look in your medicine cabinets, clean out your unwanted unused expired medication and make sure you bring it to this box,” said Mary Lyon, Weems Life Care director.
Statistics show where the county is ranked, and health officials don’t want to increase the numbers.
“Lauderdale County is ranked 14th in prescription drug in adolescent use ages 12 to 25. We know that prescription drug abuse starts at a very young age and it starts in the house hold, “Lyon said.