Kinston Police collect unwanted pills during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
KINSTON, Lenoir County - Law enforcement agencies across the United States are inviting people to drop off their unused and unwanted medication. It's all part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.Even the most common household medications can be considered addictive if they fall into the wrong hands, according to police.
Kinston Police set up a table at Walmart in Kinston, inviting people to drop off their unused medication. They'll take all medication turned in to be incinerated by a different agency.
t's part of a national event designed to encourage people to turn in old medication rather than to throw it away or flush it.
"When you're throwing it away, you never know who's looking, or will go through trash unfortunately, and they'll get their hands on it. Get it out in the streets in the wrong hands where, again, people might want to sell it or they'll give it to someone and they might get sick," said Lidia Guzman, Kinston Police's Community Coordinator.
Guzman said even flushing it can be harmful because it can contaminate water.
National Drug Take Back Day happens twice a year, but Kinston Police Department has a box onsite where people can drop unwanted medication all year round.
Even though this was a special event, Kinston Police hopes that people will be more aware of what they can do with their unwanted medication.
Many other law enforcement agencies in our area have prescription drug drop boxes as well. You can take any unwanted pills to Greenville, Havelock, or Jacksonville Police, as well as Craven, Pitt, Martin, Pamlico and Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.