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LCSO medicine drop collects more than 30 pounds of old drugs

 

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office collected more than 30 pounds of medications last week during the agency’s most recent medicine drop.

The event was held Friday at the Senior Services Health Fair at the Gaston College- Lincoln Campus.

Authorities collected more than 20 pounds of prescription and non-prescription medications as well as a little over nine pounds of liquid medications.

The totals proved to be an increase from their sponsored medicine drop at the Farmer’s Market on May 4. The drop was sponsored in connection with the Citizens’ Center Health Fair where authorities collected six pounds of liquid and pill medications apiece.

In addition, all sharp objects and needles gathered at Friday’s Health Fair were placed in the Sheriff’s Office evidence room, according to a press release.

Earlier this month, the Sheriff’s Office was given a permanent depository box which is now setup in their lobby. The box was given to the county agency through a program sponsored by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) and a grant funded by Endo Pharmaceuticals, authorities said.

The Sheriff’s Office was only one of 100 agencies across the state to receive the permanent drop box. Drugs are emptied daily and kept on-hand until a case goes to trial. However, all drugs are eventually incinerated, authorities said.

The drop site is open daily to the public during the Sheriff’s Office’s scheduled work hours—8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prior to installation of the Sheriff’s permanent medicine drop box, sites were setup in various locations across the area including Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services and Home Instead Care.

JENNA-LEY HARRISON, Staff Writer

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