While for the past several years Lincoln County residents have had to drop-off their unwanted prescriptions in various locations across the area, they can now hand-off their medications at a permanent drug drop-off box located in the Sheriffâ€™s Office lobby.
Lincoln County is only one of about 100 agencies across the country to receive a prescription drug drop-off box, according to a press release.
â€œThis gives all citizens the opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets of unwanted prescriptions with a safe disposal location in our office,â€ Sheriff David Carpenter said.
The Sheriffâ€™s Office applied for the box through a program sponsored by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI). In addition, Endo Pharmaceuticals provided funding for the box, authorities said.
The NADDI program mandates that the box is secured inside the Sheriffâ€™s Office facility at all times and is regularly cleaned out.
As a result, Sheriffâ€™s Office authorities said they plan to empty the box and log all prescriptions on a daily basis. The medications will be kept in the facilityâ€™s evidence room until a â€œproperty custodian of the agencyâ€ incinerates the medications, a release noted.
In the past, unwanted prescriptions have had to be dropped off at different areas around the county including Home Instead Care and Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services, according to the Sheriffâ€™s Office.
Although authorities will continue to partner with other local organizations in periodic medicine drops throughout the year, they can now additionally offer the community a permanent drug drop-off depository.
Authorities noted that medications can be dropped off at the Sheriffâ€™s Office during normal working hours.
The Sheriffâ€™s Office is also set to host another medicine drop Friday at the Lincoln County Senior Centerâ€™s Fall Health Fair. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 11Â a.m. in the Senior Centerâ€™s multi-purpose room.
Authorities revealed that from their most recent medicine drop in May, they collected more than six pounds each of pills and liquid medication.
JENNA-LEY HARRISON, Staff Writer