HILLSBOROUGH, NC (WNCN) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Orange County Safe Kids Coalition, will host a drive-thru prescription drug take-back event on March 22 from 1-4 p.m.
Staff will collect expired, unwanted or unneeded medication from the office parking lot located at 106 E. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough.
“Next week is National Poison Prevention Week,” said Lt. Daniel Roberson of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Support Services Division. “We might first think of chemicals and pesticides when we hear the word ‘poison’, but we should also think of the dangers of the surplus drugs that most of us have in our homes.”
The Prescription Retrieval Event, also known as a Medication Drop-off, is a free, convenient, no-questions-asked opportunity to safely dispose of medications.
“We’ll be outside by the mast in front of our office next Tuesday,” Roberson said. “Stop, give us your medicine and leave with our thanks. You don’t even have to get out of your vehicle. ”
According to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, young children often consume prescription or over-the-counter medications when they find them in the trash, on a parent’s nightstand, in a purse. or on a shelf in the kitchen or bathroom. In addition, a surprising amount of drugs, especially painkillers and additional narcotics, are often stolen by family members or other guests from a person’s home.
It’s best to only keep medications that are currently needed at home, and it’s ideal to store them in a secure or locked place.
People needing a safe to store their medication safely can contact the Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth.
Safe Kids Orange is one of more than 400 members of the Safe Kids Worldwide Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting children from preventable injury, the number one killer of children in the United States.
Safe Kids Orange coordinator Anna Stormzand said: “We encourage everyone to make this an annual ritual to purge excess medication from their homes during spring cleaning. Collect expired or excess medications, including pet medications, old vitamins, and any over-the-counter supplements you no longer use and bring them to the sheriff’s office.
The Sheriff’s Office is located at 106 E. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough. Turn right into the parking lot just past the courthouse and look right to see the flagpole near the front door.
If Tuesday’s event isn’t for you, a drop box is still available in the lobby from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Have questions? Contact Director of Public Information Alicia Stemper at (919) 245-2963.