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Successful Operation Medicine Drop in Ashe PDF Print
Written by Ashe SO Press Release   
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 06:17

The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, National Committee for the New River, and the County of Ashe held an Operation Medicine Drop event at Ingles Grocery, Food Lion Supermarket & Warrensville Drug on June 2nd.  Combining all three locations, a total of 44,150 dosages of medication were collected.  This broke our previous one-event record of 40, 346 in 2010.
Including the Operation Medicine Drop event held at Ashe Services for the Aging in March, a total of 55,181 dosage units have been collected in 2012. There will be one more medicine drop in the fall with the Medicare Open Enrollment located at the Ashe Services for the Aging. Operation Medicine Drop is an effort coordinated by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, National
Committee for the New River, County of Ashe, North Carolina 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.
“Every time we collect and destroy a dosage of excess medication, it’s a success. We’re keeping these drugs out of the wrong hands and out of our waterways,” said Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. “I commend the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, National Committee for the New River, County of Ashe, Riverkeepers of North Carolina and the West Jefferson Police Department for actively engaging their community in this very important initiative and I thank the public for taking responsibility to dispose of medications in a safe, secure way.” We hope the events held keep medicines out of the hands of the irresponsible and out of the rivers. With unintentional poisoning deaths on the rise in the state, Operation Medicine Drop reminds parents and caregivers to keep medicines locked up and out of reach of children.

  
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