Whitfield County Sheriff's Drug Drop Box

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Updated: 4/09 4:23 pm
WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA, (WDEF)-Standing no higher than a filing cabinet in the reception of Whitfield County Jail is the new drugs drop box.

It has to be emptied twice in recent weeks as interest in disposing of drugs is growing.

Everything from syringes to marijuana has been deposited in the drop box and Whitfield County Sheriff's Office encourages anyone to come forward and it will be anonymous.

Sheriff Scott Chitwood,"Surprising we had a little marijuana that was left in it, some needles, from sleeping pills to diet pills, oxycontin, insulin shots, so people are taking advantage of it no questions asked"

Chitwood says addicts and dealers can donate without fear and is hopeful it can reduce crime in the region especially among younger residents.

"It may be the needles and the marijuana that was disposed of maybe a parent had located in a child's bedroom or something, just to save any kind of embarrassment, they can take it and seize it themselves, again its disposed of properly"

The scheme is supported by the National Association of Drug Diversion and Georgia's, Live Drug Free.

Locals say the box is a necessity.

Tony Blevins, Local Resident, "Know friends and family members that have lost everything they had and in prison as account of it"

Blevins says there is no point in hiding the fact that there is a drug problem in  Whitfield County and Dalton.

"You see it everywhere, my daughter even found some in a shopping center, in a bag, she reported it, she didn't know what it was, when its dropping out of their pockets it must be pretty bad"
 
Over a thousand bottles of pills have been donated.

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