Last updated: March 28. 2014 8:44AM - 1498 Views
By Rachel McAuley rmcauley@civitasmedia.com



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LAURINBURG — Nearly 50,000 pills were disposed of by about 70 people during the fifth annual Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, more than double the amount usually collected by the Laurinburg Police Department.


The success of the event, held in the Walgreens parking lot and sponsored by the Scotland County Cooperative Extension and Laurinburg police in conjunction with North Carolina Safe Kids, inspired the installation of a medicine drop box in the police department’s lobby.


Police Cpl. Josh Byrd said that among all the pills dropped off Saturday, 1,270 were controlled, 27,916 were prescription, 240 were veterinary, 16,149 were over-the-counter and 3,841 were unknown.


“We were extremely busy that day,” Byrd said. “We did not have time to identify all the pills. The ones that we were unable to identify just fell into the unknown category.”


Byrd said the drop box will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.


“Just come up here and drop your medication in the drop box in the lobby of the police department,” said Byrd. “Once a week we will unlock it, take the medications and dispose of them properly. Also, you do not have to remove the labels off the bottles. We will take that and they will be incinerated so your personal information will not be leaked out to everybody.”


Rachel McAuley can be reached at 910-276-2311, ext. 15. Follow her on Twitter @rachelmcauley1.

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