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Drug Take Back collects 247 pounds of meds
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Investigator Josh Harris with the Rocky Mount Police Department and Lt. Ken Criner, Olivia Arthur and Megan Vest with the CHILL program were in the Rocky Mount Kroger parking lot on Saturday to collect unused and expired drugs for proper disposal.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Police officers from Franklin County and Rocky Mount collected 247 pounds of unused or expired medications at six county locations Saturday.

The National Take Back Initiative allows the community to drop off unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs for safe and proper disposal.

"Thank you to everyone who helped or contributed to this project," said Lt. Todd Maxey with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

The local event is a collaborative effort by the sheriff's office, Rocky Mount Police Department, FRESH (Focus on Response and Education to Stay Healthy) Coalition, and CHILL (Communities Helping Improve Local Lives) Youth Task Force.

The CHILL students also collected shoes for the Soles 4 Souls program that will provide footwear to underprivileged youth in the county.

A breakdown of medications brought to the collection sites includes, Ferrum Rescue Squad, 104.6 pounds; Westlake Kroger, 80.6 pounds; The Medicine Shoppe in Boones Mill, 11 pounds; Rocky Mount Kroger, 42.2 pounds; Family Pharmacy, 1.0 pound; and Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, 7.4 pounds.

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