Fayetteville to distribute lock boxes for medications

An Aug. 31 dedication ceremony in Fayetteville will help focus attention to drug abuse and its victims. Courtesy Drug-Free Fayette
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An Aug. 31 dedication ceremony in Fayetteville will help focus attention to drug abuse and its victims. Courtesy Drug-Free Fayette

Fayetteville will commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31 by giving away medication lock boxes and planting a tree downtown to memorialize citizens lost to drug addiction.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the gazebo in the Fayette County administrative complex at 140 Stonewall Ave. West. A memorial plaque will be dedicated “for all loved ones lost to overdose in Fayette County.” Anyone who has lost someone to the disease can write the person’s name on a purple ribbon and tie it to the newly planted crepe myrtle. The city is distributing free lock boxes to keep medication safely stored, noting that “54 percent of prescription drug misuse starts with using drugs from the home.”

The Drug-Free Fayette Coalition is reminding residents that unused medication can be safely discarded at the Fayette County Sheriff’s office and the police headquarters in Fayetteville and Peachtree City.