Operation Medicine Drop: Keeping Communities Safe Through Medication Disposal Efforts in North Carolina

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

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. These efforts are aimed at keeping the community safe by preventing medications from ending up in the wrong hands, particularly those of youth and children.

Lillie Malpass, executive director at PCCSU, emphasized the importance of medication disposal events in keeping the community safe. Community organizations have partnered to provide resources, including lockboxes for medications, as part of these efforts. 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 offer a convenient option for safe medication disposal throughout the year.

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. These efforts are aimed at keeping the community safe by preventing medications from ending up in the wrong hands, particularly those of youth and children. Lillie Malpass, executive director…

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