Scotland Co. hosting drug drop-off, shredding event in March

SCOTLAND COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – Several organizations in Scotland County are joining forces to host both a prescription medicine drop-off and a document shredding event at the same time.

More information on the Community Shred and Operation Medicine Drop is in the news release below:

Two popular events, Community Shred and Operation Medicine Drop will join forces next month to give citizens a no-cost, one-stop opportunity to protect themselves from identity theft and prevent accidental poisonings.

The two events are scheduled for Saturday, March 22, 2014 and will be held at the new Walgreens store parking lot located at 821 Westwood Way in Laurinburg, adjacent to US 15-401 Bypass. Operation Medicine Drop will be held from 10 am until 2 pm. The Community Shred event is scheduled for 10:30 am until 1:30 pm.

The New Year usually brings about thoughts of change and improvements. Many times we promise ourselves to be better organized and reduce the clutter we have accumulated throughout the past year. However, we can easily become overwhelmed as we sort through paperwork, old receipts, forms, documents, etc., that occupies valuable space in our homes.

The Community Shred, sponsored by Scotland County Cooperative Extension and ECA (Extension and Community Association) provides citizens a safe way to dispose of confidential information in an effort to prevent identity theft. This service is offered free of charge for individuals only with a limit of 4 boxes or 100 pounds per person. Scotland County citizens and those living in surrounding counties are encouraged to participate. Pro-Shred, a company that specializes in secure document management will provide the shred service. Volunteers will be on hand to assist participants with transporting their boxes to the shred truck. "We are excited to have the Community Shred event back in 2014", shared Sharon English, Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent. "I get phone calls every week about this program and I know our citizens will be equally happy to see it return. I would like to thank Walgreens for their sponsorship and support of both the Community Shred event and Operation Medicine Drop". The Community Shred will begin at 10:30 am and will end at 1:30 pm or when the truck is full, whichever comes first. Citizens will not have to remove staples, paper clips, or plastic sleeves as the equipment can shred these items along with the paper.

The 5th Annual Operation Medicine Drop, sponsored by the Laurinburg Police Department, Scotland County Sheriff's Department, Scotland County Committee - Safe Kids Mid-Carolinas Region and North Carolina Safe Kids provides citizens an opportunity to safely rid their homes of unwanted over the counter and prescription drugs.

Many significant problems are associated with unused and expired drugs in the home. Drugs often are left unsecured in cabinets and on counters. Improper use of drugs may cause an overdose and drug interactions. Accidental poisoning from ingestion of drugs among children and pets often occurs in homes where medicine is easily accessible. For example, about 40 percent of poisoning among children occurs in grandparents' homes.

Furthermore, the disposal of unwanted drugs as household trash or by flushing them down the sink or toilet is unwise and dangerous to the environment, potentially contaminating the water supply.

"We want to encourage citizens to take advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of unused and expired medication", shared Corporal J. Byrd of the Laurinburg Police Department. "The ultimate goal of this program is to reduce accidental poisonings, prevent drug abuse and protect our waters. Citizens will not be questioned about the medication or how they obtained it".

Walgreens Store Manager, Jennifer Crump added, "We are very happy to be partnering with Scotland County Cooperative Extension and the Scotland County Committee - Safe Kids Mid-Carolinas Region to provide this service to the community. Walgreen's is committed to helping people get, stay and live well and we believe this service is in line with that commitment. We hope that everyone in Scotland County will take advantage of this opportunity!"

For more information on the Community Shred event, please contact Scotland County Cooperative Extension at 277-2422.

For more information on Operation Medicine Drop, please contact Corporal J. Byrd, Laurinburg Police Department at 276-3211.

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