Operation Medicine Drop hosted by ECU Health gathers unused prescription drugs for proper disposal.

Operation Medicine Drop: Keeping Our Communities Safe from Medication Dangers with Year-Round Permanent Drop Boxes and Events

In the years since 2010, Operation Medicine Drop has been providing a safe and free option for people to dispose of their prescription and over-the-counter medications. This initiative has successfully collected more than 266 million pills through permanent drop boxes and over 4,000 events across North Carolina.

As the executive director of PCCSU, Lillie Malpass emphasizes the importance of medication disposal events in keeping communities safe. By properly storing and disposing of medications, we can prevent them from falling into the wrong hands, particularly those of youth and children. Community organizations have partnered with PCCSU to provide resources like lockboxes for medications as part of these efforts.

For those who are unable to attend events like Operation Medicine Drop, local sheriff’s offices, police departments, and some fire departments maintain permanent medication drop boxes year-round. 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 to promote safe medication disposal and protect communities from the dangers of unused or expired medications.

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