Law enforcement officers in Charlotte took up over 495 pounds of prescription medications in part of Operation Medicine Drop. The program is designed to keep children, teens, and adults from taking the medication and to combat prescription drug abuse, including education on proper disposal.
After it is collected, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's team properly dispose of the medicines. This has benefits of the traditional methods, like flushing medicine down the toilet or throwing medicine away. According to authorities, those methods can allow the drugs to find their way into the local water supply.
For over three years, Operation Medicine Drop has encountered great success, collecting over hundreds of thousands of pounds of prescription medications that were either old or otherwise unneeded.