For Immediate Release: December 9, 2010

Fuquay-Varina Native Earns Governor's Award for Public Service

Kelly Ransdell developed statewide prescription take-back program

Kelly Ransdell received the Governor’s Award for Excellence for Public Service. She is pictured with Governor Perdue and Mark Edwards, the Department of Insurance’s Assistant Commissioner.

Kelly Ransdell received the Governor’s Award for Excellence for Public Service. She is pictured with Governor Perdue and Mark Edwards, the Department of Insurance’s Assistant Commissioner.

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced that Kelly Ransdell, deputy director of the Department's Prevention, Programs and Grants Division and director of Safe Kids North Carolina, has been awarded the Governor's Award for Excellence for Public Service. Ransdell developed Operation Medicine Drop, a statewide initiative to prevent unintentional poisonings, prescription drug abuse and groundwater contamination by providing the public with safe ways to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications through community take-back events.

Operation Medicine Drop provides a toolkit to local community organizations - such as law enforcement agencies, Safe Kids North Carolina coalitions, pharmacies, and others - that outlines the steps and requirements for holding a take-back event and disposing of the medications in a safe and secure manner. In its first year, Operation Medicine Drop boasted 186 take-back events statewide; these events collected and destroyed 1.4 million dosages of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications to help protect the public.

"Congratulations to Kelly for her great work in providing North Carolinians a safe and secure way to dispose of their medications," said Commissioner Goodwin. "I know that through these Operation Medicine Drop events we are saving lives and preventing unintentional poisonings. I'm proud that one of the Department's own was able to identify a problem and develop a solution that empowers communities to take action and protect themselves."

Ransdell has been with the Department of Insurance for 10 years. She is a native of Fuquay-Varina and is married to Mike Williams, who works with the Harnett County Sheriff's Office. The couple has a five-year-old daughter, Claire.

For more information about Operation Medicine Drop, go to the Safe Kids North Carolina Web site and click on the Operation Medicine Drop logo.

--NCDOI--