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Local law enforcement agencies hosting medicine drop

Posted October 29, 2010

— Nearly a dozen local law enforcement agencies are sponsoring an event this weekend that’s aimed at safely getting old and unneeded pharmaceutical drugs out of the medicine cabinet.

During Operation Medicine Drop, the public can voluntarily anonymously turn in any medications (with the exception of syringes and needles) at a number of locations around Wake County Saturday, no questions asked.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said he hopes the event will reduce the amount of controlled pharmaceuticals that could be diverted to an escalating illicit market.

The sheriff’s office also says that children are vulnerable to unintentional poisoning deaths and injuries because of expired medicines with the most common culprits being access to over-the-counter medications and prescription medications.

“We hope Operation Medicine Drop will educate the public on the dangers of pharmaceutical drug abuse, accidental poisonings, as well as the responsible handling, security, and destruction of their prescription medications,” Harrison said.

Drop-off spots are open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at:

  • Walgreens, 511 W. Williams St., Apex
  • Walgreens, 1401 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina
  • Target, 2700 Timber Drive, Garner
  • Walmart, 7016 GB Alford Highway, Holly Springs
  • Walmart, 7106 Knightdale Blvd., Knightdale
  • CVS, 1990 NW Cary Parkway, Morrisville
  • Wake Medical Center North Campus, 10000 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh
  • Rolesville Police Department, 204 Southtown Circle, Rolesville
  • Wendell Fire Department, 2960 Wendell Blvd., Wendell
  • Walmart, 841 E. Gannon Ave., Zebulon

In addition to the Wake County Sheriff's Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and police departments from Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wendell, Zebulon and Wake Medical Center are also participating in the event.


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  • badamsnc Oct 29, 2010

    There is a drop off place alot closer to everyone than these sites.... it's called a TOILET!!

  • Mugu Oct 29, 2010

    If you have any pain killers, you can drop them off on Martin St by the braid place.

  • wwyoud Oct 29, 2010

    I can't find it now, but one of the local chains - WalGreen's? - is offering a service where you pay a few dollars for postage and they give you an envelope to send your old meds to their warehouse for disposal...

  • whocares Oct 29, 2010

    It would be nice if the stores in our area would do that.

  • Twittyfan Oct 29, 2010

    It is very rare that I get medicine but if I do and have pills left I toss them.. I will keep this in mind next time.