Operation Medicine Drop Prescription Drug Take Back Event Wednesday in Fuquay-Varina Media Availability at 2:00 p.m.

FUQUAY VARINA

Insurance Commissioner and Safe Kids N.C. Chair Mike Causey invites the public to drop off their unused medication at our Operation Medicine Drop prescription drug take back event in Fuquay Varina on Wednesday, October 21, so it can be properly disposed of and kept out of the wrong hands.  

With a lot of children spending more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, now is a very important time to remove unwanted drugs from the home.

Dangerous prescription pills and medication could end up getting into the wrong hands or end up in our water system if not disposed of properly.

An average of four people per day are dying from overdose in North Carolina with 79% of those deaths involving some type of opioid.

Operation Medicine Drop (OMD) is a FREE drug take-back program that gives people a safe and secure way to dispose of unwanted over-the counter and prescription medications.

Since the first NC drug take-back event in 2010 the program has:

  • Collected more than 216 million pills
  • Supported over 3,800 events
  • Assisted in the placement of over 445 drop box locations

Here are the details for Wednesday’s event:

WHO
Insurance Commissioner and Safe Kids N.C. Chair Mike Causey, Safe Kids N.C. Director Shannon Bullock, Chief Laura Fahnestock of Fuquay-Varina Police Department, Fuquay-Varina Police Department, and Safe Kids Wake County
 
WHAT         
Prescription Drug Take-Back event (Operation Medicine Drop)
 
WHERE
Fuquay-Varina Police Department
401 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina, N.C. 27526
 
WHEN
Wednesday, October 21 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Media availability at 2:00 p.m.
 
WHY
Prescription drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury death – for the first time, it surpasses motor vehicle deaths. Operation Medicine Drop aims to keep unused drugs out of the wrong hands and out of our water and environment.

To assure safe and healthful working conditions, the OMD event in Fuquay Varina will have drive-thru options with social distancing in accordance with COVID-19 precautions.

DEA’s National Drug Take-Back Day is set for Saturday, October 24, 2020.

About Safe Kids North Carolina

Safe Kids North Carolina is dedicated to preventing childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in North Carolina. For more information, contact Director Shannon Bullock at 919.647.0081 or Shannon.Bullock@ncdoi.gov.

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