Operation Medicine Drop: Keeping Communities Safe through Convenient and Secure Medication Disposal

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

Operation Medicine Drop is a free and convenient option for the public to dispose of their prescription and over-the-counter medications. Since 2010, campaigns have collected more than 266 million pills through permanent drop boxes and over 4,000 events across North Carolina.

As the executive director at PCCSU, Lillie Malpass emphasizes the importance of medication disposal events in keeping communities safe. Community organizations have partnered to provide resources, including lockboxes for medications, to help prevent medications from ending up in the wrong hands, particularly those of youth and children.

Local sheriff’s offices, police departments, and some fire departments maintain permanent medication drop boxes for those who are unable to attend events like Operation Medicine Drop. These drop boxes offer a convenient option for safe medication disposal throughout the year.

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 to promote safe medication disposal and protect communities from the dangers of unused or expired medications.

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