RALEIGH — Seven tons of old or unnecessary medication — including dozens of pounds from Anson County — were destroyed by the State Bureau of Investigation on May 3.
The SBI sent 15,442 pounds of medicine turned in during Operation Medicine Drop to an incinerator in Alamance County, according to a release from the SBI. The campaign calls for state residents to give their expired or unneeded medicine to their local law enforcement agencies, which turns them over to the SBI. The SBI’s eight field offices handed the medicine over for disposal.
Patty McQuillan, a communications officer with the SBI, said that 60.5 pounds of medicine were turned in from the Anson County Sheriff’s Office alone, or about 30,250 dosage units.
In Richmond County, 232.68 pounds were collected, 118.78 pounds from the Rockingham Police Department and 113.9 pounds from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the SBI release, the seven tons of disposed medication totaled about 7.7 million dosage units.
“Destroying unused medications not only keeps drugs out of the reach of children, but helps remove an adult’s temptation to consume unused pills that could lead to addiction,” SBI Director Bob Schurmeier said in the release. “The SBI will continue to partner with other agencies to help prevent tragedies that can occur with overdoses of medications.”
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