Operation Medicine Cabinet: A Huge Success

By Derek Speranza

Watauga and Avery counties successfully collected thousands of pills and gallons of medication at Operation Medicine Cabinet. Photo by Donna Lisenby

Watauga and Avery counties successfully collected thousands of pills and gallons of medication at Operation Medicine Cabinet. Photo by Donna Lisenby

River conservationists and law enforcement officials collected approximately 188,563 pills and 20.2 gallons of liquid medication during High Country’s second prescription drug take back event on May 22.

More than 38 volunteers and 16 law enforcement officials from Watauga and Avery counties participated in Operation Medicine Cabinet, and the amount of drugs obtained was over four times that of last year’s event.

“Anytime we can bring together a community in partnership to prevent drugs from harming kids and rivers, its a win for everybody,” said Donna Lisenby, Watauga Rivekeeper. “We’re really proud of the High Country’s high level of participation and support. It was the best drug take-back program in North Carolina this year.”

Approximately 154 people turned in a wide variety of unused medications, from oxycodone and hydrocodone to anti-depressants and pet medications, for safe disposal.

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