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Operation Medicine Drop

Sign for Operation Medicine Drop prescription drug take back event and bags of prescription drug pills collectedIt is extremely important to dispose of unneeded medications safely.

In addition to keeping these substances out of our water supply, safe disposal of unneeded medication helps to keep drugs out of the hands of people who might abuse them. 

Abuse of certain prescription medications, which has led many people into addiction and heroin use, has become a deadly epidemic across the United States. This opioid epidemic will be the focus of a major initiative by Attorney General Josh Stein in the coming months.

In North Carolina, many communities now have year-round drop boxes where prescription and over-the-counter medications can be placed for safe disposal. Check here to see if there is a drop box in your area.

In addition many law enforcement agencies across North Carolina hold special events in conjunction with National Poison Prevention Week or National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 

This year Poison Prevention Week is March 19-25 and Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held on April 29, but local law enforcement agencies have the flexibility to schedule their events at any time. Check here to see if an event has been scheduled in your area.  You can also contact your local police or sheriff’s office to see if they are sponsoring a drug take-back event.
 
These events take place with assistance from the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina’s Operation Medicine Drop, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.