Thousands of pills turned in during pill drop-off event

Posted May 30, 2009 6:20 p.m. EDT

— Officials said 44,056 pills were turned on Saturday during a “Prescription Pill Drop-Off” event sponsored by the City of Raleigh Substance Abuse Advisory Commission, the Raleigh Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Citizens were urged to bring unneeded or expired prescription drugs to any of six local Food Lion stores participating in Saturday’s event.

The purpose of the event was to raise public awareness about the growing problem of prescription drug abuse and to provide a safe place to collect unneeded or expired medication so the drugs can be diverted away from potential abuse.