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Prescription drug take-back day is Apr. 30
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Prescription drug take-back day is Apr. 30

DALLAS, Ga. -- Every day, an estimated 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The Paulding County Sheriff's Office and the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force have partnered to participate in the second annual nationwide drug "take-back" initiative to help prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

"Prescription drug abuse is a rapidly growing drug problem, and this take-back event is an invaluable tool that we can use to reduce the threat of drug abuse that these prescription drugs pose," said Jimmy Tarvin, assistant special agent in charge at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. "The partnership of local agencies is key in our efforts to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse."

The take-back will be on Saturday, Apr. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Paulding County Sheriff's Office (247 Industrial Way North, Dallas, 30132). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

"We are reaching out to individuals in our community to encourage them to get rid of their household prescription drugs that pose a safety hazard and can contribute to prescription drug abuse," said Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge. "The Paulding County Sheriff's Office is committed to doing everything possible to make our community safer, and this initiative represents a new front in our efforts."

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