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Safely drop your drugs

Published 8:58pm Saturday, September 22, 2012

Twice a year, you have the opportunity to remove a potential killer from your home: unused and expired medications.
Regardless of whether it is prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines, you can make sure they are disposed of properly and responsibly.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Beaufort County Developmental Center and the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation will host Operation Medicine Drop from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Washington Lowe’s home improvement store. The Washington Police Department will staff a drop location in the Walmart parking lot.
According to a news release, nearly 4,500 people have died from prescription poisoning in North Carolina since 1999.
“Operation Medicine Drop is a free and convenient option for disposing of their prescription and over-the-counter medications to protect their families and the environment,” reads the BCDC news release.
In three events held since March of 2011, authorities have collected and disposed of over 120,000 dosages of medicines — including over-the-counter, prescription and veterinary medicines.
Take this week to go through your medicine cabinet and collect any medication that is expired. Take your collection to one of the two locations Saturday morning.
It’s the smart and safe way of disposal.
For more information on Operation Medicine Drop, visit www.ncsafekids.org.

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