"Pills Can Kill," Prescription Drug Turn-In In Carteret County

People who have old, expired, or unneeded prescription drugs in their medicine cabinet have the opportunity to get rid of them safely.

It's called "Pills Can Kill," and it's the third prescription medication turn-in event in Carteret County. This Saturday, from ten to two, lawmen will be at all Food Lions in Carteret County to collect prescription medication you don't need anymore. The sheriff says you name won't be recorded when you turn in the medicines. However, officials ask you bring the medicine in it's prescription bottle so they can document the drugs they collect.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2009 at 01:04 PM
    Love the name "pills can Kill" remember that next time the doctor prescribes some pill to you.
  • by MIRA Location: NEWPORT on Oct 9, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    THAT IS AN UNDERSTANDABLE THOERY, HOWEVER ANY PHARMACIST WOULD BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THE DRUG AND CLASSIFY IT, ALL MEDICATIONS HAVE DISTINCT MARKINGS ON THEM SO THEY CAN BE EASILY IDENTIFIED
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Oct 9, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    Really people?!? Do you think they are going to wind up back on the street or that they will record your name? They don't give out pills they collect. These are destroyed in acid and the oversight is super strict. Paranoia is rampant!!
  • by **** on Oct 9, 2009 at 11:47 AM
    Considering the fact that no one knows what has been done to these medications since they left the pharmacy, I don't think it is wise to redistribute them to those in need. They could potentially be MORE harmful.
  • by MIRA Location: NEWPORT on Oct 9, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    IT IS A SHAME THERE IS NO WAY TO TAKE THESE PILLS THEY COLLECT AND HAVE A DISCOUNT DRUG HANDOUT FOR PEOPLE WHO TAKE THOSE MEDICATIONS BUT CANT AFFORD THEM.
  • by POPPA Location: Winterville on Oct 9, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    Bon, I'm with you, these turn-ins will be processed right into someone's mouth. The prescriptions bottle will have all the information a detective needs to identify what it is and what the drug is used for plus the name of the individual will be printed on the label. Police love these pain killers also. Keeps them feeling good about themselves. A few Police are not this dishonest. I reccommend flushing them. Will not hurt the water any worse than it already is.
  • by Rob Location: New Bern on Oct 9, 2009 at 06:53 AM
    You shouldn't flush old drugs into the toilet. The waste treatment system doesn't process removing all those chemicals from the water that ends back in our drinking supply or is output into our waterways to taint the fish & other animals we end up eating. Flushing unused drugs is bad.
  • by Bon Location: Greenville on Oct 9, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    I'll be the one to say it. That stuff is going to find its way into the streets.
  • by citizen Location: greenville on Oct 9, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    considering if you had legal or illegal pills and how simple it is to operate a toilet or use a trash can, this is obviously a big brother move so the government can take statistics on what people possess in the way of prescription medication as a community... kinda scary...but it's going to keep getting worse...
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