OPERATION MEDICINE DROP TAKE-BACK EVENT THIS WEEKEND
Durham, N.C., March 19, 2013—The Durham County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with NC Safe Kids and the Durham Police Department, is participating in Operation Medicine Drop March 23. Deputies will collect unwanted medications at two Durham locations Saturday: Central Pharmacy (2609 N Duke St) and the Museum of Life and Science (433 W Murray Ave) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The sheriff’s office collected more than 34,000 pills, and numerous needles, creams, and other medications during previous Operation Medicine Drop events last year.
Unintentional poisonings from prescription medications are on the rise in North Carolina — since 1999, more than 5,000 North Carolinians have lost their lives from unintentional poisonings. Non-fatal poisonings are especially common in children under the age of five. By properly disposing of unused medications, citizens can help prevent these poisonings and protect the environment.
This weekend’s take-back event will allow citizens to safely dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications for free with no questions asked.
The following locations will accept medications on March 22:
• Duke University Hospital, front lobby (2301 Erwin Rd) 6:30 – 10 a.m.
• Duke Clinics (40 Medicine Cir, off Trent Dr) 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• Durham Regional Hospital (3643 N Roxboro Rd) 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
A permanent drop box is also located inside the Durham Police Department headquarters lobby.