Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks says the number of older adults getting busted for drugs - some being prescription pain medications - has increased.
Elks says the cases involving people ages 50 and above has increased. He says the number of older adults getting busted for drugs rose to 6 percent of all cases in 2011, up from 5 percent in 2010.
Elks says the drug busts don't only involve illegal drugs, but also the illegal sale of prescription drugs. The sheriff says some are trying to make some extra money during tough times.
Sheriff Elks says the Pitt County Sheriff's Office has a prescription pill drop box at the sheriff's office for people to safely dispose of their prescriptions. He says in 2011, 356 pounds of pills were dropped there.