Mon., March 26, 2012 10:00am (EDT)

Sheriff Sets Up Rx Drug Box
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

CUMMING, Ga.  —  
Forsyth County sheriff's officials are setting up what they describe as Georgia's first "drug take back box" for unwanted prescription drugs. (Photo Courtesy of Zach Armstrong via Flickr.)
Forsyth County sheriff's officials are setting up what they describe as Georgia's first "drug take back box" for unwanted prescription drugs. (Photo Courtesy of Zach Armstrong via Flickr.)
Authorities in Forsyth County are setting up what they describe as Georgia's first "drug take back box" for unwanted prescription drugs.

Sheriff's officials say the purpose of the box is to give people a way to dispose of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs from households.

The sheriff's office says overdose deaths involving prescription drugs are up by 15 percent in the state since the Georgia Bureau of Investigation began tracking them in 2008.

Forsyth County sheriff's officials are planning a Tuesday news conference to announce the new program.