Burke County Narcotics Task Force recognized by the state | News
BURKE COUNTY (City of Morganton) - The Burke County Narcotics Task Force (BCNTF) recently receive a certificate of appreciation from the state insurance commissioner for the Task Force’s participation in Operation Medicine Drop in October.
BCNTF Sgt. Rick Hasson said his agency, along with the Safe Kids Burke County Coalition, took in 96,000 dosage units during the Oct. 29 Medicine Drop. Hasson said that more than 8,000 pounds of old and expired medicines were destroyed statewide.
People sometimes flush old meds down the commode, but that is unsafe because the medicines can end up in the water supply, Hasson said.
“This event helps residents clean out the old, expired and unused medicine from their cabinets in a safe and proper manner,” Hasson said. “We look forward to offering more Medicine Drops next year.”
The BCNTF was formed in 1990 as the result of a two-year federal grant. The Morganton Department of Public Safety applied for the grant with the goal to combine narcotics investigators from each Burke County law enforcement agency under the umbrella of a drug task force. This approach would enable law enforcement to have a more united effort in curbing drug problems in Burke County.
The Task Force is governed a Board of Directors consisting of Sheriff Steve E. Whisenant and Burke County Manager Bryan Steen; Morganton Department of Public Safety Chief Mark Tolbert and City Manager Sally Sandy; Valdese Police Chief Jack Moss and Town Manager Jeff Morse (current chairman); and Drexel Police Chief Mike Swink and Town Manager Matt Settlemyre.
Find out more about Safe Kids NC and Operation Medicine Drop at http://www.ncdoi.com/OSFM/SafeKids/sk_OperationMedicineDrop.asp.
For more information on the Task Force, visit http://www.burkesheriff.org/ntf.htm.