New Medicine drop box now available at Princeton Town Hall

A medicine drop box at Princeton Town Hall has been well received by the public, according to Police Chief Tyrone Sutton.

As part of Operation Medicine Drop, the box allows the public to dispose of unused or unwanted medications. The one at the Princeton Town Hall has been in place for about a year.

Some unusual drop offs have occurred, said Town Administrator Marla Ashworth.

“We had one family where a loved one died of cancer,” said Ashworth. “They brought in a grocery bag full of prescription drugs for disposal.”

Both locations are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays.

The SBI delivered 32,247 pounds of unused prescription medications to a state-approved incinerator May 2 to be destroyed.

This final step in Operation Medicine Drop is the culmination of many collection events statewide, aiming to keep addictive pills away from children, teens and addicts and protects waterways from contamination.

For the past several months, thousands across the state have removed dangerous medications from their homes.

“This spring cleaning effort greatly improves the quality of life in North Carolina,” said John Keane, special agent in charge of the SBI’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit. “Every effort made to remove addictive drugs from medicine cabinets helps protect the lives of innocent children, curious teens, and even some drug addicts. That makes this effort incredibly worthwhile.”

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