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Operation Medicine Drop: Keeping Communities Safe through Medication Disposal Efforts and Partnerships

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 25, 2024
Operation Medicine Drop hosted by ECU Health gathers unused prescription drugs for proper disposal.

Since its inception in 2010, Operation Medicine Drop has been a vital resource for the public to safely dispose of their prescription and over-the-counter medications. Over the years, campaigns have collected more than 266 million pills through permanent drop boxes and over 4,000 events across North Carolina.

As part of this effort, community organizations have partnered to provide resources such as lockboxes for medications to help keep them out of harm’s way. The importance of medication disposal events was emphasized by Lillie Malpass, executive director at PCCSU, who highlighted the need to prevent medications from falling into the wrong hands, particularly those of youth and children.

Local sheriff’s offices, police departments, and some fire departments maintain permanent medication drop boxes year-round for those unable to attend events like Operation Medicine Drop. These drop boxes offer a convenient option for safe medication disposal throughout the year.

Operation Medicine Drop is a collaborative effort between Safe Kids North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the State Bureau of Investigation aimed at promoting safe medication disposal and protecting communities from the dangers of unused or expired medications.

By Samantha Johnson

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