Deputies collect 138 pounds of drugs in take-back event

Published: Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 4:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 4:56 p.m.

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office collected 138 pounds of drugs on Saturday as part of the Nationwide DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) Drug Take Back event.

Sheriff’s officials at Walgreens at 9125 NW 39th Ave. collected 18 pounds; at Walgreens at 2415 SW 75th St., 55.5 pounds; and at Walgreens at 1120 E University Ave., 64.5 pounds.

“Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher according to the Center for Disease Control,’’ said Sheriff Sadie Darnell. “By participating in these take back events you not only make your medicine cabinet safer but the community safer.”

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