UPDATE: Greenville To Take Part In Operation Medicine Drop

Operation Medicine Drop will take place in Greenville this week. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office will hold the drive to college expired and unused prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications Tuesday and Friday, according to the Daily Reflector.

Anyone can drop off medicines from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in the lobby of the East Carolina Heart Institute.

The second collection will take place Friday at the Harris Teeter pharmacy on Evans Street from 5 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call Melissia Larson at 902-2656

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A coalition of public health, law enforcement and environmental groups are giving North Carolina residents a chance to safely clean out their medicine cabinets.

Starting Sunday, Operation Medicine Drop will provide locations around the state where people can drop off old prescriptions.

The goal is to dispose of expired medication to reduce the risk that they'll fall into the wrong hands or end up in the public water supply.

Traces of painkillers, antibiotics, birth control pills and other medications have been found in rivers, lakes and streams across the country. Research is still being done on whether this can have harmful effects for humans.

The event is slated to run through March 26. A list of event times and locations can be found online at www.omd-nc.org.

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  • by Mike Location: Morehead City on Mar 21, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    Wow. I think Momof4 needs to take an English class. Just sayin'...
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2011 at 01:24 AM
    WTH? lol Momof4 most of that had zip to do with the actual story.
  • by Momof4 Location: havelock on Mar 18, 2011 at 10:50 PM
    Well you should turn them in young inlisted and school kids are using pill more offten then you think it's out of there system in 3 days unlike pot . what happen to the pills kill campain , we need to bring it back .just watch skins on mtv kids and young adults are taking pill's from were ever , and yes some are illgal drugs like x meth and even bath salt's yes you heared bath salts and jink x ,beer and cigs dont look so bad compare to todays youth and what there up too
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Mar 18, 2011 at 01:09 PM
    Anon 3:43pm, sadly, you're the only one that got this one right. While it's true that we shouldn't be tossing unused meds of all sorts into the water supply - VERY TRUE - residuals from birth control pills is a big stretch for me. I want to know where this horde of women is that decided to go off the pill on a regular basis, pop each one out of it's little bubble in the pack, and flush them down the toilet. No one does that. It's not like your BCP sits around and expires. You take it each day, one pack at a time, and it's gone long before it could possibly expire. Show me an insurance company that will even give you more than 3 months at a time - if not just ONE. Please nobody flush meds, either way. Every little impact adds up.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    The molecules from the medicine only stay in our bodies for a short period of time. That's why you have to keep taking the stuff till your condition is cured. Our bodies remove the stuff after a short while, so it all ends up in the environment anyway, even if you turn in unused pills. It's the medicine you use that contaminates the environment.
  • by DON'T FLUSH MEDICATIONS on Mar 18, 2011 at 12:37 PM
    DO NOT flush unused medications! They are showing up in our drinking water big time. That's what this is all about.
  • by B Location: Gville on Mar 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    Birth control pills in the drinking water? Now that's an idea! Let's start at the welfare office.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    Don't flush them, that's why they're doing this program! Our tap water has trace amounts of estrogen in it from all the birth control pills...
  • by Gumby on Mar 18, 2011 at 11:15 AM
    Feed to the fire ants.
  • by B Location: Gville on Mar 18, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    Ann, If you take it to a pharmacy, how do you know they won't resell it? - Just flush'em like Rusty.
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