Sheriff Ronnie Fields with boxes containing the drugs collected during Operation Medicine Drop.

Sheriff Ronnie Fields with boxes containing the drugs collected during Operation Medicine Drop. (Contributed Photograph)

Multiple law enforcement agencies teamed up to collect more than 500 pounds of medication as part of a campaign to curtail prescription drug abuse in the Sandhills.

Organized locally by the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, Operation Medicine Drop is a semiannual initiative that urges people to clear unneeded or expired prescription drugs from their medicine cabinets. Pills and other substances were collected at the Seven Lakes Fire and Rescue Department on Saturday and during a previous event in October.

In a news release, the sheriff’s office said the program is designed to help prevent “accidental poisonings, overdoses, abuse and misuse” of prescription medication. About 379,500 doses of medicine were turned in during the two events in Moore County, according to officials.

Permanent drop-off boxes for unwanted medication are located at the Rick Rhyne Public Safety Center in Carthage and at police departments in Aberdeen, Pinehurst and Whispering Pines. A new drop-off box was recently installed at the Prescription Shoppe pharmacy in Seven Lakes.

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