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Operation Medicine Drop for Safety Professionals

Operation Medicine Drop 2018 campaign begins March 18 and runs through March 24th during National Poison Prevention Week.

The opioid epidemic is now a National and North Carolina crisis with an average of four North Carolinians per day dying from opioid overdose. 48% of those deaths involve prescription opioids. In 2016 for the first time in years, unintentional poisoning was the leading cause of injury death to North Carolinians, surpassing motor vehicle deaths.

Operation Medicine Drop provides safe disposal of medications without endangering the environment and eliminating the risk of these drugs getting into the hands of our children and teens from medicine cabinets of friends or family.

Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of the NC Department of Insurance and Safe Kids NC, NC Department of Justice- Attorney General’s Office, US Department of Justice-Drug Enforcement Agency, NC Department of Public Safety-SBI, the Riverkeepers of NC and local law enforcement agencies. These agencies work together to provide assistance and support to our communities to aid in the proper disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Since 2010, the Operation Medicine Drop campaigns have:

  • Collected nearly 106 million pills;
  • Supported over 3000 events;
  • Serviced more than 250 Drop Boxes.

Operation Medicine Drop campaigns remind our citizens of the medications in their cabinets and provide them a safe and secure way to properly dispose of unwanted, and unused medications.

For more information on our work in medication safety, please visit the Safe Kids Worldwide Medication Safety Page

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FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT OPERATION MEDICINE DROP ADMINISTRATION OR DOWNLOADABLE MATERIALS, CONTACT LISA BLACKMON AT 1-888-347-3737 OR, lisa.blackmon@ncdoi.gov.