Moore County citizens will have an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
The National Prescription Pill Take Back Event is being held this Saturday throughout Moore County. Moore County Sheriff’s Department, Moore County Law Enforcement Agencies, and the Drug Enforcement Administration will be hosting the event and collecting the unwanted medicine.
“This initiative addresses a vital safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses,” said a representative from the sheriff’s office. “Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. Americans are advised that methods for disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, poses safety and health hazards.”
The public may drop their unwanted medicine off Saturday at Seven Lakes Fire & Rescue building in West End from 10 am – 2 pm and Sunday at Cannon Park in Pinehurst from 3 pm – 6 pm.
If you miss this event, there are several permanent drop box locations throughout the county at the Moore County Sheriff’s Office in Carthage, Pinehurst Police Department, Aberdeen Police Department, and Whispering Pines Police Department. No liquids, needles or sharps allowed. Only pills and patches are accepted.
The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.
Contributed feature photo: 2017 National Prescription Take Back Event in Moore County