Operation Medicine Drop at Duck Police Department – Saturday, October 26, 2013

On October 26, 2013 from 10:00 am to 2:00 PM, the Town of Duck Police Department will give the public an opportunity to prevent accidental poisonings, abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Town of Duck Public Safety Building at 1259 Duck Road. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Since 2010, over 1000 sites have collected over 30 million dosage units of medication during take back events statewide.

Operation Medicine Drop is an effort coordinated by North Carolina Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina, NC State Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Riverkeepers of NC and the Town of Duck Police Department to prevent accidental poisonings, substance abuse and protect our waters.

“Every time we collect and destroy a dosage of excess medication, it’s a success. We’re keeping these drugs out of the wrong hands and out of our waterways,” said Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. “I commend Duck’s Police Department for actively engaging their community in this very important initiative and I thank the public for taking responsibility to dispose of medications in a safe, secure way.”

With unintentional poisoning deaths on the rise in the state, Operation Medicine Drop 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.

For more information about Operation Medicine Drop, go to www.ncsafekids.org or contact the Town of Duck Police Department at 252.261.1112 or policeinfo@townofduck.com 

Contact: First Sergeant Jeffrey Ackerman
Email: policeinfo@townofduck.com
Phone: 252.261.1112

More Info: http://www.ncsafekids.org