The Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Police Department and Highlands Police Department collected a total of 32,310 dosage units of medication during the third annual Operation Medicine Drop last Saturday, March 24.
Macon County’s Sheriff's Office holds Operation Medicine Drop as part of a statewide event which allows citizens to dispose of unused prescription drugs without being questioned by authorities. The drug take-back event is collecting unused and expired prescription drugs in order to properly and safely dispose of the medications.
Accidental poisoning from prescription medications exceeds the national rate and is on the rise in North Carolina, with over 5,700 deaths since 1999. Operation Medicine Drop offers the public a free and convenient option to dispose of unwanted 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.
The Sheriff’s Office Narcotics unit will transport the medication to the NCSBI office in Asheville so that the drugs can be destroyed safely and properly.