The Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Highlands Police Department and Franklin Police Department will participate in Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, March 23. Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, N.C .State Bureau of Investigation, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina and local law enforcement agencies, working together to encourage the public to safely dispose of unused and unwanted medication.
Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting our waters. Since 2010, more than 30 million dosages have been collected just during OMD events. North Carolina will hold its fourth annual Operation Medicine Drop March 17-23, to coincide with National Poison Prevention Week. For more information visit www.ncsafekids.org or call (828)349-2075.
Medications will be collected on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two locations in Franklin: Kmart and Walmart; and two locations in Highlands: Highlands Pharmacy and Main Street Pharmacy.
Operation Medicine Drop offers the public a free and convenient option to dispose of unwanted and expired medications. It also keeps dangerous narcnotics and other controlled substances from being stolen or otherwise diverted by drug abusers and drug dealers to be consumed or distributed illegally.
“I am asking everyone to dispose of their medications safely and properly and I encourage all residents to take advantage of this program,” said Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland. “Please do not flush medications down the drain or dispose of them in trash that ends up in the landfill. Please help us prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse, and in keeping medications out of the hands of children.”
In Jackson County, medications will be accepted on two days: Friday, March 22, from noon to 5 p.m. at Ingles in Cashiers; and Saturday, Marchc 23, from noon to 5 p.m. at the CVS in Sylva on Hwy. 107. A medicine drop box is also located at the Jackson county Sheriff’s Office lobby and may be accessed during regular business hours.