More than 159 pounds of prescription drugs collected.
In an effort to make Macon County streets safer, Macon County's Sheriff's Office worked with the Franklin Police Department, the State Bureau of Investigation and Highlands Police Department to take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day last Saturday.
Lead by the Drug Enforcement Administration, law enforcement agencies in Western North Carolina posted locations last Saturday that gave the public the opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by safely disposing of the medications. The second event of its kind so far this year, members of the community were able to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs by taking them to Wal-Mart or K-Mart last weekend.
Through the drives, Macon County collected 159 pounds of medication or approximately 65,000 dosage units on Saturday. According to Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland, the drugs will be delivered to the N.C. SBI's Asheville office for environmentally safe disposal.
“Over doses from prescription drugs are on the rise nationally and this is an effort to keep the streets safe and to keep drugs out of the hands of children,” said Holland. “Every time we do this event, we get more and more prescription drugs simply because more people hear about it and want to take advantage of the opportunity to pitch in and do their part to keep our community safe.”
Franklin Police Chief David Adams said that prescription drug take back events are not only an important resource for keeping our community safe, but also to bring awareness to prescription drug abuse. “These events are a great way to take the prescription narcotics off the streets and to keep them out of the hands of our children,” said Adams. “It also brings awareness to drug abuse and shines a light on how dangerous it can be.”