Monday, April 22, 2024

State destroys thousands of pounds of drugs part of Operation Medicine Drop

Three state agencies collected and destroyed nearly 20,000 pounds of expired and unused medication in a spring drive. (File photo).

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A recent joint effort involving three state agencies resulted in the collection of more than 19,030 pounds of unused prescription medications — equal to approximately 14.3 million dosages. 

The collection was part of Operation Medicine Drop’s Spring Take Back Event the North Carolina Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The effort was a collaboration between the DEA, State Bureau of Investigation and North Carolina National Guard.

Citizens across North Carolina filled drop boxes at pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, police departments and sheriffs’ offices with unused or expired medications. On April 24, law enforcement agencies delivered those medications to members of the DEA, NCNG and the SBI, where they were destroyed at an approved incinerator in Virginia.

The next coordinated Operation Medicine Drop event will take place in the fall of 2023.

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