Safe Storage and Disposal: Operation Medicine Drop’s 10-Year Campaign to Keep Communities Safe with Medication Drop Boxes and Events

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

In 2010, Operation Medicine Drop launched a successful campaign to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications. The program has since collected over 266 million pills through permanent drop boxes and more than 4,000 events across North Carolina.

Lillie Malpass, executive director at PCCSU, emphasized the importance of medication disposal events in keeping the community safe. She highlighted how safe storage and disposal can prevent medications from falling into the wrong hands, particularly those of youth and children. Community organizations have partnered with Operation Medicine Drop to provide resources such as lockboxes for medications as part of their efforts.

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

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