Greenville NC event collects 250 pounds medications
The Daily Reflector
Published: March 25, 2014
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More than 100 Greenville-area residents turned in 250 pounds of pills and other medications in four hours Saturday during a statewide effort to collect unused and expired pharmaceuticals.
The Greenville Police Department and Pitt County Sheriff’s Office held the latest local Operation Medicine Drop event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Commons parking lot.
Authorities hold Medicine Drop events several times a years. On Saturday, 122 people brought drugs to the event for disposal.
Proper disposal helps keep medications from children, reducing the risk of poisoning, officials said.
The effort also helps keep drugs like painkillers and amphetamines from falling into the hands of people who may sell the drugs or use them inappropriately.
Officials also hope the effort will prevent residents from flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the garbage, which can damage the environment and contaminate waterways and drinking water.
The N.C. Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sponsor the event statewide and help coordinate Medicine Drop events with local law enforcement.
A permanent dropbox also is available in the lobby of the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office at the Pitt County Courthouse. More information about Operation Medicine Drop and the Stop Rx Abuse contest is available atwww.ncdoj.gov.