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Safely toss old drugs during Operation Medicine Drop

Posted October 24, 2013

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— North Carolina residents are invited to dispose of old prescriptions and over-the-counter medications during an event Saturday aimed and keeping unused drugs out of the hands of young people.

Operation Medicine Drop is an effort by national, state and local law enforcement agencies to cut down on prescription drug abuse by offering a safe way for residents to dispose of medicines they no longer need.

“Prescription drugs are leading to more overdose deaths in North Carolina, especially among young people,” North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said in a statement. “To protect your family, clean out your medicine cabinet and dispose of old medications at an event near you.”

More than 120 events are scheduled statewide. Some agencies are holding events on other dates, so consumers are encouraged to check the complete list of events for times and locations.
 

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  • luluandfinn Oct 25, 2013

    You know what would be really helpful in this story? Where are these 120 locations where you can drop them off? Is there a website that provides that information?

  • teleman60 Oct 25, 2013

    Keeping drugs out of the WATER SYSTEM is just as important as keeping them from killing children if not more so.

  • carrboroyouth Oct 24, 2013

    That being said, we do want your Ritalin/Adderall ;)

  • carrboroyouth Oct 24, 2013

    Out of the hands of young people? No one is interested in your amoxicillin... I thought it was to stop drugs from entering the water system (through flushing down the toilet or washing them down the sink.

  • El Hans Oct 24, 2013

    LOL! The "authorities" will scoop those up in a second.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 24, 2013

    "Prescription drugs are leading to more overdose deaths in North Carolina, especially among young people,” North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said in a statement. "

    Not surprising, the public school systems have been busily drugging kids, so hey popping pills must be good, RIGHT?