Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Thursday

May 2, 2013

Leelanau drug drop box yields 21 pounds of pills

SUTTONS BAY — The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Department collected more than 21 pounds of prescription pills in a drug drop box in less than two months.

The drop box was set up March 18 at the department’s office. Sheriff Mike Borkovich said 6 pounds alone were collected April 27 during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

“We’ve gotten pounds and pounds and pounds of pills,” he said, adding “It’s absolutely a life-saving thing.”

Borkovich said prescription drug abuse is “a causative factor for a lot of accidents and a lot of bad decision-making.”

The pills have been turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency to keep them off the street.

Other local sheriff’s offices also have prescription drug drop boxes and participated in the drug take-back day.



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