Look for Operation Medicine Drop during National Poison Prevention Week:
- 2013 - March 17-23
- 2014 - March 16-22
- 2015 - March 15-21
Plan Your Event:
Starting in September 2011, only law enforcement agencies will be able to register and list events. Community groups that want to sponsor an event will need to find a law enforcement agency to list the event and to take possession of the medications. Law enforcement agencies will be responsible for reporting the results online.
Once you have located your sheriff or local police department, follow these steps to GET STARTED, PARTNER WITH OTHER AGENCIES, PROMOTE, HOST and WRAP UP your event:
STEP 1 Register your agency
Law enforcement agencies that registered in the past are still registered and can go to Step 2. Law enforcement agencies can register their own events and seek a partner or partners in the community to help with promotions and operations if desired. See Potential Partners for some possibilities.
STEP 2 List your event
login here with your email address as username and the password that was emailed to you.
If you have forgotten your password, you can request to have it reset from the login page.
Choose ‘Add Event’ to enter event information. Be sure to click the button to save your entry.
STEP 3 Send in your DEA Letter (NEW)
Use this letter template. This letter must be printed out on law enforcement agency letterhead and signed by a law enforcement official verifying that a law enforcement officer will be on hand to receive the medications. Once this form has been completed and signed it must be sent to Safe Kids NC. Safe Kids NC will then forward the letters as a batch to DEA. The DEA letter can be either scanned in and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or faxed to 919-662-4670.
Partner with Other Agencies
Law enforcement agencies may partner with one or more community organizations for assistance with securing locations, staffing events and publicizing events.
Once you have arranged the details of your event, you’ll want everyone in your community to know where and when they can dispose of their unwanted medications. Customize these handouts and flyers, and distribute or hang them in places like medical offices, pharmacies, churches and schools.
You should also contact your local media outlets, such as newspapers, radio stations and television stations. Personalize this event advisory and send it to media outlets about a week prior to your event:
These black and white ads can be personalized for use in newspapers or newsletters:
Public Safety Announcement
Someone at your event should be prepared to answer questions from the media and members of the public. Consider these talking points about Operation Medicine Drop:
Use the following electronic and hard copy prescription logs to keep a record of all the medications you collect on the day of your event. Print this sign and display it near the collection area at your event to remind people that you cannot collect biohazard materials.
DON'T FORGET! SBI will destroy the drugs. State Bureau of Investigation disposal is available from 9am-1pm on Wednesday, March 27th. Find your local disposal location
For more information, contact SBI Diversion and Environmental Crimes Division at 919-779-8186.
Please report results from your event so that Safe Kids North Carolina can measure the statewide success of Operation Medicine Drop. Use the same login information for reporting your event as used for entering it:
Share your success story with your local media outlets by personalizing this news release template: