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
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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