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Law enforcement collects over 9,000 pills as part of Operation Medicine Drop
Nashville Police Officers collected over 6,300 pills as part of Operation Medicine Drop.

Nashville’s Police Department held two Operation Medicine Drop events, one at Nashville’s Wal-Mart on Saturday, March 23 and another on Tuesday, March 19 at Nashville Elementary School.

Officer Steve Glover said at both events, 6,314 pills were collected. Of those, 4,141 were prescription and the rest were over-the-counter.

“I won’t disappointed,” Glover said. “We were busy.”

Glover said the number isn’t as good as the last Medicine Drop event, when over 18,000 pills were collected. But Glover said he felt like the weather played a part in the lower numbers.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office also held a Medicine Drop on March 19 at Ward Drug in Nashville.

During this operation, deputies collected 2,701 prescription pills, 130 controlled substances, 2,178 over the counter pills and 503 unknown medications. According to the Sheriff’s Office, all items will be submitted to the SBI to be destroyed.

Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina, NC State Bureau of Investigation, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina and local law enforcement agencies working together to encourage the public to safely dispose of unused and unwanted medication.

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