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Operation Medicine Drop Prescription drug take-back event Wednesday in Raleigh Get rid of unused medication to keep our loved ones safe

Raleigh
Mar 22, 2022

Media Availability at 11:00 a.m.

RALEIGH – 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 Raleigh on Wednesday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The goal of Operation Medicine Drop is to make sure unused or expired medication can be properly disposed of and kept out of the wrong hands. 

Dangerous prescription pills and medication could not only hurt our loved ones but wind up in our water system if not disposed of properly.

An average of four people per day are dying from an overdose in North Carolina with 79% of those deaths involving some type of opioid.  Due, in part to take-back events like these, the number of overdoses has decreased in the last few years.

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 2010, Operation Medicine Drop campaigns have successfully incinerated more than 266 million pills collected through permanent drop boxes and more than 4,000 events across North Carolina.

Here are the details for Wednesday’s event:

WHO:  

Insurance Commissioner and Safe Kids N.C. Chair Mike Causey, State Capitol Police, Safe Kids N.C. Director Barry Overman

WHAT: 

Prescription Drug Take-Back event (Operation Medicine Drop)

WHERE: 

N.C. Department of Insurance -- Albemarle Building

325 N. Salisbury Street

Raleigh, N.C. 27603

WHEN:  

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Media availability at 11 a.m.

WHY:  

Operation Medicine Drop aims to keep unused drugs out of the wrong hands and out of our water and environment.

To assure safety, the OMD event in Raleigh will have drive-through options with social distancing in accordance with COVID-19 precautions.

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.

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