Operation Medicine Drop: Keeping Communities Safe from Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication Misuse

Operation Medicine Drop hosted by ECU Health gathers unused prescription drugs for proper disposal.

Since 2010, Operation Medicine Drop has been offering a free and convenient way for the public to dispose of their prescription and over-the-counter medications. With permanent drop boxes and events across North Carolina, the campaign has successfully incinerated over 266 million pills.

As the executive director at PCCSU, Lillie Malpass emphasized the importance of medication disposal events in keeping communities safe. By promoting safe storage and disposal, she highlighted how this helps prevent medications from falling into the wrong hands, particularly those of youth and children. Community organizations have joined forces to provide resources such as lockboxes for medications as part of these efforts.

Local sheriff’s offices, police departments, and some fire departments maintain permanent medication drop boxes for those who cannot attend Operation Medicine Drop events. These drop boxes offer a year-round option for safe medication disposal.

Operation Medicine Drop is a collaborative effort between Safe Kids North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the State Bureau of Investigation. The campaign aims to promote safe medication disposal and protect communities from the dangers of unused or expired medications.

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