Benson PD Collects More Than 200 Pounds Of Unwanted Medication For Proper Disposal

BENSON – The State Bureau of Investigation has designated today (June 17th) as the day for agencies statewide to turn in the outdated and unneeded medications that have been collected at local “Drop Boxes” and at “Operation Medicine Drop” events.

Benson’s Drop Box went into service in February of 2018, and the police department turned in a couple of boxes in October of that year. Since that time — 20 months — the police department collected nine boxes of medications they turned over today for disposal.

All totaled, 256 pounds of pills, tablets, creams, vitamins, etc. was collected that won’t be put into our landfill or into the sewer system.

“We are proud to partner with the SBI, the DEA, the NC Department of Insurance, and SafeKids NC, to properly collect these outdated or unneeded medications, and to see that they are safely disposed of,” said Interim Police Chief Greg Percy. “We appreciate our residents taking advantage of their Drop Box, and we encourage them to continue to use it as much as needed.”

The medication Drop Box is located in the Benson Police Department lobby at 303 E. Church Street and is accessible between 8:30am and 5pm, Monday-Friday, and by appointment any other time.