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Stolen Pharmacy Garbage Found in Wilson

Posted May 8, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Wilson police have a medical mystery on their hands that has many people concerned. Someone is stealing prescription bottles and old records from pharmacies' trash cans and dumping them in a remote part of town.

The illegal dump site contains confidential information about many people who thought that information was safe. Henry Manning and Chris Williams discovered thousands of prescription pill bottles and medical documents from Wilson area drug stores in a makeshift dump. Manning said he didn't want to touch the debris for fear of what might be in it.

Most of the waste appears to have been disposed of over the past few months. In addition to the waste itself, there is a great deal of information on the labels. Anyone could look through the debris and find out who is taking what kind of medication, who their doctors are, and even their home telephone numbers. Medicap Pharmacist Michael Warren says he suspects the people who have been stealing the garbage from his store are probably also responsible for the dump site.

Some pharmacies have begun locking their trash cans to keep thieves out. Warren speculates that the thieves are hoping to find drugs in the trash.

Warren says his pharmacy shreds all personal medical information, but one look at the dump site shows not all drug stores are doing that.