The Winston-Salem Police Department collected 58,196 dosages of medication during Operation Medicine Drop on March 20.
Operation Medicine Drop is an effort coordinated by N.C. Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina, the State Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and local groups to prevent accidental poisonings and substance abuse and protect our waters.
Statewide, more than 265 Operation Medicine Drop events were held across North Carolina in conjunction with National Poison Prevention Week, March 20-26, to safely collect and destroy expired and unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications.
"I thank the public for taking responsibility to dispose of medications in a safe, secure way," said Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. "Every time we collect and destroy a dosage of excess medication, it's a success. Were keeping these drugs out of the wrong hands and out of our waterways."
Local sponsors for Operation Medicine Drop were the Winston-Salem Police Department, the Northwest Piedmont Chapter of Safe Kids NC, Yadkin River Keepers, and Target.