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Operation Medicine Drop Take-Back Event This Weekend

Post Date:03/19/2013

Contact: Dep. Paul Sherwin
Public Information Officer
Desk: 919-560-0871
Cell: 919-886-5516 

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.

Additional drop-off locations will be located at:
• Triangle Pharmacy (4711 Hope Valley Rd) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Kerr Drug (1812 Holloway St) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Kroger Pharmacy (202 NC Hwy 54) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Kroger Pharmacy (3457 Hillsborough Rd) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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.

For additional information about Operation Medicine Drop, go to:

510 South Dillard Street | P.O. Box 170 | Durham, North Carolina 27702
(919) 560-0897 | Fax (919) 560-0854 |
Equal Employment/Affirmative Action Employer

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