Moore County National Take Back Initiative held over the weekend resulted in 564 pounds of collected prescription drugs.
There were two locations set up for the public to take their expired or unused medications to turn in for safe disposal. The sites were at the Pinehurst Harris Teeter and the Seven Lakes Fire and Rescue Facility making easy access for Moore County Citizen to participate in the program.
Some of the collected pills for safe disposal (contributed photos)
The National Take Back Initiative is a nationwide program in which the Drug Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement agencies team up, so the public can rid their homes of expired or unused prescription drugs which are known to help prevent accidental poisonings, overdoses, abuse, and misuse of these substances.
The participating law enforcement agencies were Moore County Sheriff’s Office and the Pinehurst, Aberdeen, Whispering Pines, and Taylortown Police Departments.
In addition to Take Back events, there are four permanent prescription pill drop boxes located in Moore County: Moore County Sheriff’s Office and Aberdeen Police Department open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Whispering Pines Police Department available Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Pinehurst Police Department available 24 hours a day seven days a week.