The Chapel HillPolice Department set up a drop-off site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 29.
The drop-off site and an information desk were located at Wegmans Food Market on Fordham Boulevard. The site aimed to educate the public about the dangers of prescription drug misuse.
Residents came to safely discard their unused, expired or unwanted prescriptions so they could be properly disposed of by the Town of Chapel Hill.
“You bring it and drop it right into that trash can that says 'operation medicine drop',” Alexandria Rudd, a Chapel Hill Police Department officer who volunteered to oversee the site, said on Oct. 29 at the Wegmans location.
She said she enjoyed connecting with people who visited the site and answering their questions about prescription safety.
The Town and County also have year-round prescription drug drop-off sites at pharmacies and Town offices across Chapel Hill and Carrboro and on the third floor of UNC Student Stores.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration has an online prescription drug drop-off locator that is available year-round to help encourage safe and convenient prescription drug disposal. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was founded by the DEA as a way to encourage the safe use of prescription drugs and prevention of medicine misuse.
The Town partners with the Police Department to spread awareness about proper drug disposal, Alex Carrasquillo, a community safety public information officer for Chapel Hill Police and Fire departments, said.
“Local governments and local health departments, police departments and fire departments all join together to set up locations where people can drop off expired, unused, or just unwanted prescription drugs of all kinds so that they don’t end up in the wrong hands,” he said.