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Scotland County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday March 17th, 2010 :: 07:56 p.m. EDT


Operation Medicine Drop this Weekend

For Immediate Release: March 20, 2010
Time: 2-4PM
Location: Badcock Furniture Store Parking Lot
Contact: Lt. Tommy Butler 910.544.9455

Operation Medicine Drop Disposes of Unused, Expired Prescriptions Take-back events statewide offer public safe, secure way to dispose of medications.

RALEIGH—Poisonings 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 (source N.C. Division of Public Health). Operation Medicine Drop is a program aimed at providing the public a safe and secure method for disposing of their prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Children ages 1–5 account for 23 percent of all emergency department visits related to poisoning and these types of injuries result in a high death rate of infants younger than 1 year old due to their smaller size (source World Health Organization 2008 Childhood Injury Report). During Poison Prevention Week, March 14-20, Operation Medicine Drop will host take-back events statewide where the public can drop off prescriptions or over-the-counter products that may have expired or are unused. Every Operation Medicine Drop event will have a law enforcement partner that will dispose of the medications in a safe and secure way.

While most parents and caregivers are familiar with other poisoning culprits such as cleaning supplies and poisonous plants, most childhood poisonings occur from medications. Whether a person is injured or dies is determined by many factors such as dosing, size of child, condition of child’s health, and means of ingestion. The best form of prevention is to remove any risk from a child’s environment.

Operation Medicine Drop is sponsored across North Carolina by Safe Kids North Carolina, the N.C. Department of Insurance, State Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration. For more information about Operation Medicine Drop or for a schedule of statewide take-back events, visit and click on the Operation Medicine Drop logo or visit

Scotland County Sheriff's Office
212 Biggs Street
Laurinburg, NC 28352

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 910-276-3385

417 Atkinson St
Laurinburg, NC 28352

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