Operation Medicine Drop, in partnership with ECU Health, collects prescription drugs for disposal

Safe Disposal: The Importance of Operation Medicine Drop in Keeping North Carolina Communities Safe

Since 2010, Operation Medicine Drop has been successful in collecting over 266 million pills through both permanent drop boxes and events held across North Carolina. This campaign provides a convenient and free way for the public to dispose of their prescription and over-the-counter medications safely, protecting their families and the environment.

The importance of medication disposal events was emphasized by Lillie Malpass, executive director at PCCSU. These events provide resources such as lockboxes for medications, which helps prevent medications from falling into the wrong hands, particularly those of youth and children. Community organizations have partnered with Operation Medicine Drop to ensure that these resources are available to the public.

Local sheriff’s offices, police departments, and some fire departments maintain permanent medication drop boxes for those who may have missed an event. This ongoing effort highlights the commitment of various agencies to keep communities safe from the potential dangers of improper medication disposal.

Operation Medicine Drop is a collaborative effort involving Safe Kids North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the State Bureau of Investigation. This partnership underscores the shared commitment of these agencies to promote safe medication disposal practices and protect the well-being of the community and environment.

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