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April 20, 2014

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Originally published: 2013-05-02 08:40:40
Last modified: 2013-05-02 08:40:40

Operation Medicine Cabinet taking place

By Capt. Aaron Miller

Operation Medicine Cabinet will be held this Saturday, May 4, across Watauga County.

Operation Medicine Cabinet is a prescription drug take-back program designed to get outdated and unused prescription drugs properly disposed of.

The take-back program, a cooperative effort between local water conservation groups and local law enforcement, began with two objectives:

1. Keep prescription drugs away from children.

2. Keep prescription drugs out of our rivers, streams and water supplies.

According to a study published by Safe Kids Worldwide, approximately 165 kids are seen every day in emergency rooms across the U.S. for accidental poisoning from prescription drugs.

Teen abuse of prescription drugs is also on the rise.

Easy accessibility of prescription drugs has made them a popular substitute for alcohol and illicit drugs.

Common disposal techniques of unused prescription drugs, such a flushing down a toilet, allow chemicals to find their way into our water and food supplies.

Studies published by the Environmental Protection Agency consistently show that medications, such as antibiotics, are being found in drinking water.

The solution to these two problems is simple. Bring your unused and expired prescription medication to a take-back location on Saturday.

Food Lion in Blowing Rock will be the local take-back location. Law enforcement officers will be on hand from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to receive your medications and ensure that they are properly disposed of.

For more locations in the county or other information about Operation Medicine Cabinet, visit http://drugtakebackday.com.


Other matters

A larceny of rebar and other metal was reported on April 22. The metal products that were to be used on the highway 321 construction project were taken from various locations along the highway project.

Blowing Rock Police are investigating the incident.

Emily Ann Shea, 21, of Asheville was arrested on April 28. Shea was charged with driving while impaired. Shea was released by the magistrate on a written promise to appear in court.

 
For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.


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