Safe Kids Stanly County, in partnership with the Albemarle Police Department, will hold its annual drug take-back event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Stanly Commons parking lot where people can safely dispose of unused drugs.
This is just one example of many efforts underway in the county to reduce access to prescription drugs and keep them from falling into the hands of people who might abuse them.
“Unused medicine in the home can be used in dangerous ways by loved ones and others, so it’s best to throw it away if not used,” said Adam Palmer, coordinator of the Safe Kids Stanly County coalition.
Unused or expired prescriptions can also be discarded at the Albemarle, Oakboro and Norwood police departments, which each have drug drop boxes. Albemarle Police, for example, threw away 211 pounds of unused prescription drugs last year, according to the 2022 Community Health Assessment.
Safe Kids is a national non-profit organization established in 1988 that works to protect families and communities from injury. Safe Kids Stanly County was created around 1990-1991, according to Palmer, making it the first coalition in the state and one of the first national coalitions.