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Operation Medicine Drop Collected over 7 million doses

The State Bureau of Investigation reported that nearly 7.4 million doses of expired or unused medicine pills were collected across the state during Operation Medicine Drop Sept. 27.

The pills and medications are being destroyed at an Environmental Protection Agency-approved incinerator.

The State Bureau of Investigation co-sponsored the pill take-back event along with Safe Kids North Carolina, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local law enforcement agencies.

In addition to providing drop-off locations at its eight troop locations, the State Highway Patrol provided vehicles to transport the medication.  The DEA paid to have the medications destroyed.

This year, Cary Police Department lead the state with approximately 947,000 dosage units collected, topping Durham’s collection last year of 773,500 dosage units.

Medications are the leading cause of child poisoning, according to Safe Kids, a non-profit organization that helps parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries. Environmental experts say that flushing medicines down the toilet contaminates water supplies and hurts aquatic life.

According to DEA, medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse, and a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Poison Prevention Week

0511_prescription-drugs-500x333The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently named poisoning as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. This week marks National Poison Prevention Week, which urges the public to check their homes for hidden poison dangers. Kate Carr– President of Safe Kids Worldwide– says there has been an increase in the number of grandparents living with their grandchildren full-time, which means kids may have easier access to medication. North Carolinians are encouraged to safely dispose of old prescription and over-the-counter drugs as part of the fifth annual Operation Medicine Drop.For more information visit www.ncdoj.gov It’s time to clean out those medicine cabinets! North Carolinians are encouraged to safely dispose of old prescription and over-the-counter drugs as part of the fifth annual Operation Medicine Drop. This is just one of the prescription drug take-back events being sponsored across the state during National Poison Prevention Week, which runs through Saturday. Kate Carr– President of Safe Kids Worldwide– says that older adults tend to take more medication than younger adults.  Approximately 52.8 million total doses of old prescription and over-the-counter drugs have been turned in since Operation Medicine Drop started in 2009.