Operation Medicine Drop in Franklin, Highlands

Each day, the dangers of prescription drug abuse become more evident, and this Saturday local law enforcement agencies hope to help keep these drugs out of the wrong hands.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Highlands Police Department and Franklin Police Department will participate in Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Several agencies including the SBI and Safe Kids North Carolina get involved in this initiative to encourage residents to safely dispose of unused and unwanted medication.

On March 23rd medications will be collected from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm 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 narcotics and other controlled substances from being stolen or otherwise diverted by drug abusers and drug dealers to be consumed or distributed illegally.

Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting our waters. Since 2010, we have collected more than 30 million dosages just during OMD events. North Carolina will hold its 4th annual Operation Medicine Drop March 17-23, 2013 to coincide with National Poison Prevention Week. For more information visit: www.ncsafekids.org or call 828-349-2075.

Sheriff Holland states: “I am asking everyone to dispose of their medications safely and properly and I encourage all residents to take advantage of this program. 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.”