For Immediate Release: October 1, 2014
Operation Medicine Drop a Success in North Carolina
More than 100 statewide events collected nearly 8 million dosages for secure disposal.
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin asked North Carolina residents to clean out their medicine cabinets, and people answered the call! On Sept. 27, more than 100 Operation Medicine Drop events held in 48 counties across North Carolina safely collected and destroyed nearly 8 million expired and unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications.
"Every time we collect and destroy a dosage of excess medication, it's a success," said Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. "I commend all of our partner agencies, and the community members who supported them, for safely disposing of medications so they don't end up in our waterways or in the wrong hands."
Operation Medicine Drop is held in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's 9th Annual National Take Back Initiative. It is a coordinated effort by the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina, DEA, the State Bureau of Investigation, Riverkeepers of NC, and state, county and local law enforcement groups to prevent accidental poisonings, substance abuse and protect our waters.
Citizens who missed the event can still participate in this important effort by visiting a permanent medication drop box near their home. They can find the location of a permanent drop box by going to www.ncsafekids.org.
With unintentional poisoning deaths on the rise in the state, Operation Medicine Drop also reminds parents and caregivers to:
- Keep medicines locked up and out of reach of children.
- Always read labels, follow directions and give medicines to children based on their weights and ages. Only use the dispensers packaged with children's medications.
- Avoid taking medicine or vitamins in front of kids, and don't call them candy.
- If you suspect poisoning and a child is choking, collapses, can't breathe or is having a seizure, call 911. Otherwise, take the product to the phone and call the national Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222.