Jacksonville police collect over 100 pounds of unwanted meds

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Jacksonville Police Department collected 105.3 pounds of unwanted drugs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at part of Operation Medicine Drop.

The program allows citizens to bring their unused, unwanted or expired medications to the drop-off locations during the event, held twice annually.  Operation Medicine Drop is designed to provide convenient, safe and anonymous disposal of prescription medications.

“From a law enforcement point of view, keeping unused medications creates a dangerous opportunity for illicit drug use,” said Corporal Daisy Haywood, an organizer of the event.  “We have had great success with this program over the last seven years.”

Participating drop-off locations in the city were:

  • Walgreens Western
  • Walgreens Gum Branch

If you missed the event, Jacksonville Police has a permanent Operation Medicine Drop Box n the lobby of the police department available to the public from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight.

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