Prescription Medication Drop-Off Events

Several counties will host events in the coming days where you can get rid of prescription medicine that you don't want or need anymore.

The North Carolina Attorney General says prescription drugs are the second most abused drug among young people. According to the North Carolina Insurance Commissioner's office, poisoning from prescription medications is on the rise in North Carolina. Since 1999 more than 75 percent of all unintentional poisonings were caused by prescription or over-the-counter medications.

"During Poison Prevention Week, March 14-20, Operation Medicine Drop will host nearly 200 take-back events statewide where the public can drop off prescriptions or over-the-counter products that may have expired or are unused," said Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. "Every Operation Medicine Drop event will have a law enforcement partner that will help North Carolinians dispose of their medications in a safe and secure way."

To view the list of events in each county, click here.

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  • by TO NC RN Location: Greenville on Mar 16, 2010 at 04:18 AM
    Thanks for the info. Didn't know that.
  • by Kami on Mar 15, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    Mandy, I think you hit the nail on the head!
  • by Kami on Mar 15, 2010 at 05:42 PM
    Jennifer, I do not have any prescription medication that needs to be destroyed. I take all medication as directed. 6,500 oxycontin pills were dropped off and noone asked any questions. I think there are alot of other hazards in our waterways that need addressing other than prescription medication. Want to help start protecting our waterways? How about meet me around Grifton area and pick up trash along the side of the creek from all the shad fishermen that litter (hooks and broken bottles) that will help keep my family a little safer!
  • by Jennifer Location: Greenville on Mar 15, 2010 at 12:06 PM
    Kami, the workers at the medicine drop events are working for the safety of the community. I can assure you that these individuals are working to keep medication off the streets and out of the hands of children, rather than indulging in the medication themselves. Why don't you visit an event this week to meet the people, including myself who are working to keep you and your family safe?
  • by Mandy Location: Greenville on Mar 15, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    I think the pharmacies should dispose of old medications for patients.
  • by NC RN Location: Greenville on Mar 15, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    When you flush medications down the toilet, they get into the water and can contaminate the water supply. So that means we ALL get exposed to hormones, antidepressants, and all the other potentially toxic medications that can cause serious health problems in people that don't need these medications, not to mention all those medications causing problems with the fish & wildlife.
  • by Kami on Mar 15, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    next story will read...worker at prescription drop off accused of stealing medication that was supposed to be destroyed!
  • by irate Location: Greenville on Mar 15, 2010 at 09:31 AM
    As if you couldn't just flush it down the toilet.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    Sure with Beaufort County would get on board with this program. Guess just throw them in the trash?
  • by RN Location: ENC on Mar 15, 2010 at 07:56 AM
    Nice to increase public awareness, I guess. I only wonder why anyone thinks people who do not have enough sense to FLUSH unused/expired meds, will actually go to the trouble of carting them across town for someone else to dispose of? Somehow I do not think so. ):

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