Operation Medicine Drop collects 30,000 doses

October 30, 2013

Rockingham Police Department and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report that Operation Medicine Drop was a huge success.

“Our coordinated effort removed over 30,000 doses of unused and expired medications from local homes. This keeps these medicines out of the hands of our children and off the streets,” Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly said.

This year’s event was held this past weekend for two days at Medical Center Pharmacy in Rockingham. In his briefing about the success of the event, Sheriff James E. Clemmons said, “I want to thank Lazelle and Greg Marks for their support in hosting this community event.”

Local law enforcement agencies are asked to participate twice each year in community-based, take-back events.

“With community support from businesses like Medical Center Pharmacy, we can remove unwanted medications from circulation and make a positive change in prescription drug abuse in Richmond County,” Clemmons said.

Operation Medicine Drop promotes the safe disposal of medications throughout the State in coordination with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and Safe Kids North Carolina.

Richmond County is home to three permanent drop boxes for residents to dispose of medications year-round. In coordination with Safe Kids Mid-Carolinas Region, the Richmond County Health Department and local law enforcement agencies, drop boxes are located in the lobbies of Rockingham Police Department, Hamlet Police Department and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

“We are happy to offer this service to our residents and encourage them to utilize this much-needed service,” said Kelly.