Operation Medicine Drop A Success

BERLIN — Last week’s Operation Medicine Drop, in conjunction with the fall National Drug Take-Back Day, was a huge success, netting a total of 205 pounds of unused and expired medications.

Local officials from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, the Worcester County Health Department, Ocean City Police, Berlin Police and the Assateague Coastal Trust and Coastkeeper participated in Operation Medicine Drop last Saturday at various locations around the local area. Local residents dropped off a total of 205 pounds of unused prescription medications at the designated sites. By contrast, 130 pounds of pills were dropped off during the inaugural event last spring.

“This lets us know the public is now better educated about the reasons for these events and they are also aware they now have multiple opportunities to safely dispose of unused medications in Worcester County,” said Eastern Shore Regional DEA Agent David Rivello.

Once again, the Food Lion in Ocean Pines was the top “take back” location with over 104 pounds of medication turned in. The Food Lion in West Ocean City was the second busiest drop-off location. Already, Worcester County’s Operation Medicine Drop partner agencies and groups are preparing for a spring 2012 event in conjunction with the federal National Drug Take-Back Day.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.