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36,232 pills and other medications collected this past weekend

The following information comes from Chief Justin Jacobs of the Town of Murphy Police Department:

The Town of Murphy Police Department would like to thank all of the individuals who turned in their used and expired medications during our “Operation Medicine Drop” this past weekend, March 22nd.

I would also like to thank the following individuals that donated their time to assist us in counting them. They are: Mrs. Jenni Irwin (Director of the Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Cherokee County), Mrs. Michelle Mitchell (Cherokee County 911 Dispatch), Mr. Richard Mitchell (Peachtree Fire Department), Mrs. Kathy Bevan (Community Volunteer), Mrs. Sharon Hibberts (Community Volunteer), Mrs. Jamie Hill and her wonderful children, Grace and Colton (Community Volunteers), and Patrol Officers Sky M. Beaver and Morgan E. Morse.

In total we collected 36,323 pills, multiple liquid and powder dosages, syringes, patches, etc. We would also like to remind the public who were not able to drop off their medications during this time that we have a 24/7 Drop Box located in front of the department located next to the Cherokee County Courthouse. There is also a 24/7 Drop Box available at the Andrews Police Department and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

The medications collected during this event will be taken to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Office in Asheville, NC, this morning to be destroyed.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions regarding the proper way to dispose of your used or expired medications.

Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs, Town of Murphy Police Department

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