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

Keeping Communities Safe: The Impact of Operation Medicine Drop in North Carolina

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 to promote safe medication disposal and protect communities from the dangers of unused or expired medications. Since 2010, Operation Medicine Drop campaigns have successfully incinerated more than 266 million pills collected through permanent drop boxes and over 4,000 events across North Carolina.

Lillie Malpass, executive director at PCCSU, emphasized the importance of medication disposal events in keeping the community safe. Safe storage and disposal help prevent medications from ending up in the wrong hands, particularly those of youth and children. Community organizations have partnered to provide resources, including lockboxes for medications, as part of these efforts.

Operation Medicine Drop offers a convenient option for safe medication disposal throughout the year. 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 provide an ongoing solution for safe medication disposal in communities across North Carolina.


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