Operation Medicine Drop events were held across the state of North Carolina on Saturday, October 29, 2011 to safely collect and destroy expired and unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications. The Town of Duck Police Department participated, and conducted an event that day at the Town’s Public Safety Building collecting 6,434 dosages of medication.
Operation Medicine Drop is an effort coordinated by the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, and local law enforcement agencies to prevent accidental poisonings and substance abuse, as well as to protect our waterways by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted medications.
The Town of Duck Police Department and Operation Medicine Drop remind parents and caregivers to:
- Keep medicines locked and out of the reach of children.
- Always read labels, follow directions, and give medicines to children based on their weights and ages. Also, only use the dispensers packaged with children’s medications to ensure proper dosage.
- Avoid taking medicines in front of children.
- If poisoning is suspected and a child is choking, collapses, can’t breathe, or is having a seizure, call 911 immediately.
- If there are questions regarding the toxicity of a medication, contact the Carolinas Poison Center at 1-(800)-222-1222 or visit the website at http://www.poisonexpertsoncall.org/.
In its first year in 2010, Operation Medicine Drop retrieved and destroyed more than two million dosages of medications at nearly 200 take-back events across North Carolina.
For more information please contact the Town of Duck Police Department at (252) 261-1112. For information on the Town of Duck, visit townofduck.com; become a fan on Facebook at “Town of Duck”; or sign up for Twitter updates at “DuckPR.”