GRAHAM COUNTY, N.C. – NC State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) gave a second medicine dropbox to the sheriff’s office for Graham County residents to safely dispose of medications.
The box has been securely mounted near the entrance to the Graham County Jail, which is also under video surveillance to help prevent theft.
The SBI partners with Safe Kids North Carolina, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and local law enforcement to collect and safely destroy prescription drugs through Operation Medicine Drop. Operation Medicine Drop events typically take place statewide in the spring and fall.
Medications are collected by law enforcement personnel and delivered to the SBI for disposal. In June, 50 agencies dropped off meds, and 13,485 lbs., or approximately 10.1 million dosage units, were destroyed.
Safely disposing of old medications instead of flushing them down the drain prevents chemicals from reaching the water supply.
This new box at the entrance to the jail, along with the current one at the front entrance to the Sheriff’s Office are available to the public 24/7.
Photo courtesy of Graham County Sheriff Office.