The Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office collected more than 30 pounds of medications last week during the agencyâ€™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 Farmerâ€™s Market on May 4. The drop was sponsored in connection with the Citizensâ€™ Center Health Fair where authorities collected six pounds of liquid and pill medications apiece.
In addition, all sharp objects and needles gathered at Fridayâ€™s Health Fair were placed in the Sheriffâ€™s Office evidence room, according to a press release.
Earlier this month, the Sheriffâ€™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 Sheriffâ€™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 Sheriffâ€™s Officeâ€™s scheduled work hoursâ€”8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Prior to installation of the Sheriffâ€™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