Wednesday - March 20, 2019
Operation Medicine Drop Planned
Written by Staff   
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:07

RALEIGH -- In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, which runs March 17-23, Insurance Commissioner and Safe Kids NC Chairman Mike Causey encourages North Carolinians to safely dispose of unused or expired medications at one of the Operation Medicine Drop take-back events around the state.

"Poisonings and deaths occur when prescription drugs end up in the wrong hands," said Commissioner Causey. "That's why I am touring the state to protect our communities and environment by educating residents about the responsible way to get rid of unused medication."

For the first time, unintentional poisoning is the leading cause of injury death to North Carolinians, surpassing motor vehicle deaths.

From 1999 to 2017, more than 13,000 North Carolinians died from opioid-related overdoses. In 2017 alone, the cost of unintentional opioid-related overdose deaths in North Carolina totaled over $2.5 billion.

Medications are the leading cause of child poisoning, with more than 67,000 children going to an emergency room for medicine poisoning each year, according to a study by Safe Kids Worldwide.

During Operation Medicine Drop events, people can drop off over-the-counter drugs, prescriptions, samples and pet medications with no questions asked. Law enforcement partners will help dispose of the medications in the same secure way they dispose of other drug items—by incinerating them. Drugs should not be flushed or thrown away in the garbage because they may contaminate water sources.

 

 
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