It's Time to Clean out Your Medicine Cabinet

It's Time to Clean out Your Medicine Cabinet
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March 17, 2014

Consumers are encouraged to safely dispose of old prescription and over-the-counter drugs March 15-22, 2014, as part of the fifth annual 'Operation Medicine Drop.'

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, the NC State Bureau of Investigation, local sheriffs and police, the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are sponsoring prescription drug take-back events across North Carolina during National Poison Prevention Week.

"We want to get these drugs out of homes where kids and grandkids often get them leading to abuse or overdose," Cooper said. "Clean out your medicine cabinet and bring any old medications to one of these free events for safe disposal."

Operation Medicine Drop aims to cut down on prescription drug abuse by encouraging people to properly dispose of old drugs that they no longer need. Safely disposing of old medications through Operation Medicine Drop events instead of flushing them down the drain also prevents chemicals from polluting the water supply.

More than 100 Operation Medicine Drop events are scheduled across the state this week. See the complete list of events for times and locations, or search for events in your county.

Last year, more than 22 million doses of old prescription and over-the-counter drugs were collected at events held across the state during March and October. Since Operation Medicine Drop started in 2009, approximately 52.8 million total doses have been turned in.