Sheriff Ronnie Fields announced that the National Pill Take Back Initiative was conducted in Moore County on Saturday, April 27th. Sheriff’s deputies collected expired and/or unused medications at the Seven Lakes Fire and Rescue, 718 Seven Lakes North, Seven Lakes for safe disposal. This National Take Back Initiative was conducted by DEA and local law enforcement partners throughout the United States. This program provided the public with an opportunity to rid their homes of expired or unused prescription drugs which helps prevent accidental poisonings, overdoses, abuse, and misuse of these substances.
There are also five permanent prescription pill drop boxes located in Moore County which are available to the public to use throughout the year. The permanent drop boxes are located at the Moore County Sheriff’s Office and Aberdeen Police Department from 8am until 5pm Monday thru Friday. The Whispering Pines Police Department has a permanent drop box available Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The Pinehurst Police Department has a permanent drop box available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The newest drop box location is at the Prescription Shoppe in Seven Lakes and is available Monday through Friday from 8:30am-6:00pm and Saturday from 8:30am-12:00pm.
Sheriff Fields announced that five hundred and six pounds, approximately 379,500 dosage units, of prescription pills and medications were turned in and collected since the October 2018 National Take Back Event that was conducted in Moore County. The law enforcement agencies participating in the National Take Back event included the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, Pinehurst Police Department, Aberdeen Police Department and the Whispering Pines Police Department.
Sheriff Fields commends the citizens of Moore County and local law enforcement who participated in making this a very successful event.