Over 16,000 Pills Turned In During Operation Medicine Drop

Benson-Medicine-Drop-InsideBenson Police are calling last week’s Operation Medicine Drop a success.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Benson Police Department partnered with Wood Pharmacy and Carlie C’s IGA pharmacy to give the public an opportunity to drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The service was free and anonymous with no questions asked.

Benson Police Captain Greg Percy said a total of 16,080 pills were dropped off along with 2,454 mL of liquid medications.

Operation Medicine Drop is held in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s Annual National Take Back Initiative. It is a coordinated effort by the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina, the DEA, the State Bureau of Investigation, Riverkeepers of NC and other local groups, to prevent accidental poisonings, substance abuse and protect our waters.

“Every time we collect and destroy a dosage of excess medication, it’s a success. We’re keeping these drugs out of the wrong hands and out of our waterways,” said Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. “I commend the Benson Police Department for actively engaging their community in this very important initiative, and I thank the public for taking responsibility to dispose of medications in a safe, secure way