Last Saturday authorities in both Jackson and Macon Counties continued their operations to get prescription pills off the streets. Often used as narcotics, the two agencies collected thousands of outdated and unwanted pills from citizens in their respective communities, who had an excess of such medications.
Held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin Police Department collected 14,884 pills in the parking lots of Wal-Mart and KMart. Dubbed “Operation Pill Crusher”, the event has collected over 100,000 pills since the operation first began at the beginning of the year.
“This last collection is less than what we got last time, but we’re satisfied with the numbers we got,” said Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland on Monday. “That’s over 14,000 less pills to hit the streets.”
Holland added that there has not been a date set for another operation as of yet, however future operations will be staged.
Jackson County saw fewer, but just as successful numbers.
Dubbed “Operation Medicine Drop”, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office collected 7,808 various pills throughout last Friday and Saturday. The net collection weighed just at 22 pounds, according to JCSO Major Shannon Queen. The pill collections were held at Ingles in Sylva and Ingles in Cashiers on both days.
The successful collection of the medication follows the recent implementation of a Prescription Drug Drop Box located in front lobby of the Jackson County Sherrif’s Office, available during normal business hours.
Anyone with unwanted prescription medication is encouraged to come by their respective Sheriff’s Office for information on how to deposit any unwanted medication.