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Another Successful Operation Medicine Cabinet in Watauga County

Monday, October 10th, 2011 - posted by admin

Boone Food Lion Volunteers

The fall Operation Medicine Cabinet held last Saturday was a big success, as we expected from previous OMC events. Volunteers around the county collected unused and unwanted drugs from community members so the drugs could be properly destroyed. This programs helps to keep drugs out of our rivers and away from kids.

Volunteers at the Foscoe Fire Department


This fall, we collected 86,030 pills, 4.9 gallons of liquids, 3 pounds of other solids, and 8,883 sharps. 126 individuals dropped off medications, often collecting the drugs from other family members and neighbors.

The participant in the video above brings up an important point — with only two days currently available to drop of drugs, there is still not a convenient way for people to discard drugs at other times. We hope to install a permanent drop box in Watauga County in the near future, so that people can dispose of drugs properly, on their own time, any time of year.

Thank you to all of the OMC volunteers and supporters, including: Watauga County Sheriff’s Department, Boone Police Department, Beech Mountain Police Department, Blowing Rock Police Department, Foscoe Fire Department, Beaver Dam Volunteer Fire Department, Seven Devils Police, Appalachian State University and the ASU Police, The Town of Seven Devils, Watauga River Conservation Partners, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, State Bureau of Investigation, Watauga County Recycling/Solid Waste Department, and Boone Drug.

To find out more about this program, check out our previous blog and press release.

May 2010 OMC a Huge Success!

Thursday, June 10th, 2010 - posted by admin


Law enforcement officials and river conservationists happily collected approximately 188,563 pills and 20.2 gallons of liquid medication during High Country’s second prescription drug take back event on May 22nd. 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 the previous year. Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman could not have been more pleased.

“Through joint operations with multiple partners in both counties, we made this one of the most successful drug take back events in the state of NC,” he said.

Approximately 154 people turned in a wide variety of unused medications, from oxycodone and hydrocodone to anti-depressants and pet medications, for safe destruction. Parents and conservationists alike lauded the efforts, both for keeping prescription drugs away from children and for preventing the consequences of their unsafe disposal.

“I needed to get rid of the out-of-date drugs because I don’t want prescription drugs around my teenage son,” said one local mom.

Volunteer Crystal Simmons said, “For the High Country to create such an event is a real testament to our commitment to a healthier environment and a safer community.”

In addition to individual volunteers, the event had over 30 community partners that helped make the event a huge success.