By Ian Faulkner, Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 —
This past weekend Stanly County residents were asked to bring out unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal in a nation-wide program called Operation Medicine Drop.
The operation took place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oakboro Pharmacy and at the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office.
Both drop locations reported a successful program.
Oakboro Police Chief Joe Lowder reported that they collected three boxes of medications for a total weight of 137 pounds of product.
“We took back a total of 43,182 dosage units as well as 718.5 liquid ounces of medication,” said Lowder in a press release.
“We are very pleased with the fall take back this year. It has far exceeded our spring drop,” said Lowder.
“Every time we collect and destroy a dosage of excess medication, it’s a success. We’re keeping these drugs out of the wrong hands and out of our waterways,” said Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin in a press release.
Stanly County Sheriff’s Office reported a total of 51 pounds of medication collected for disposal. The medications will be forwarded to the Drug Enforcement Admin-istration for disposal as required by federal guidelines.
“This was the third time we participated in this program,” reported Charles Hatley, captain of Criminal Investigations at the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office.
“The first time was successful. The second time we decided to open locations in Red Cross and New London in addition to the Sheriff’s Office, and it, too, was successful.
“This year we took phone calls from residents to come and pick up unwanted medications. This was very successful. That’s what we’ll do next year.
“We appreciate the cooperation of the community in making this operation a success.”
Hatley wanted to add that residents can call the Sheriff’s Office at any time of the year and make arrangements to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs. They can be reached at (704) 986-3714.
“Operation Medicine Drop is an effort coordinated by North Carolina coordinated by North Carolina Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina, the State Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Riverkeepers of NC and local groups to prevent accidental poisonings, substance abuse and protect our waters,” reported a media release from Oakboro PD.
For more information on Operation Medicine Drop, visit ncsafekids.org.