The Elkin Police Department next week will be hosting several events in conjunction with Operation Medicine Drop, which is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina, NC State Bureau of Investigation, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina and local law enforcement agencies.
The groups work together to encourage the public to safely dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medication. By providing safe and secure ways for people to get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications, Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting area waters, explained Elkin Police Chief Monroe Wagoner.
The Elkin Police Department has collected more than 350,000 doses since its first event in 2011.
The Elkin Police Department will hold its next Operation Medicine Drop event on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elkin Super Wal-Mart, 548 CC Camp Road. Officers will be set up in the Wal-Mart parking near the highway under a blue tent displaying the OMD Banner. The Elkin Police Department also maintains a medication drop box in its lobby located at 226 N. Bridge St. The drop box is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
On Oct. 20, the Elkin Police Department will conduct an Operation Medicine Drop at Elkin High School and Elkin Elementary School. The event will start at 7:25 a.m. and end at 8 a.m. Parents can drop off unused, unwanted and expired medication to officers as they travel through the car line at each school.
“I want the thank our community for participating in our events and using our drop box to dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medications,” said Wagoner. “I encourage everyone to continue disposing of their medications in this manner.”
Those needing more information can contact the Elkin Police Department at 336-794-6475.