Pineville citizens now have a place to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription medication. The medical drop box is located in Pineville City Hall. The drop boxed was donated by Operation UNITE in an effort to fight prescription drug abuse.
The non-profit organization hopes to encourage people to dispose of their prescription medication the proper way. Operation UNITE will periodically pick up the materials in the drop box and take it to their disposal unit known as the pill dragon. The pill dragon is a mobile incinerator.
Items that will be accepted at the drop box include: prescription patches, prescription medications, prescription ointments, lotions and liquids, over-the-counter medication, vitamins, samples and medication for pets.
Bell County Unite member Tom Temple and Region Two Coalition Coordinator for Operation Unite Tom Vicini was at city hall on Thursday to present the medical box. Many state that prescription drugs are arguably the worst problem that faces that Bell County Community.
Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) was launched in April 2003 by U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers. Operation UNITE works to rid communities of illegal drug use through undercover narcotics investigations, coordinating treatment for substance abusers, providing support to families and friends of substance abusers and educating the public about the dangers of using drugs.
Their goal is to educate and activate individuals by developing and empowering community coalitions to no longer accept or tolerate the drug culture.