Safe Kids Anson Hosting Operation Medicine Drop
Safe Kids Anson will host Operation Medicine Drop, Saturday, October 13th from 10:00 am until noon in Wal-Mart Parking Lot in Wadesboro. Bring your unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines to Wal-Mart to be safely disposed. Syringes and needles will not be accepted for collection.
The average North Carolinian fills 17 prescriptions annually and studies show that as much as 40% of the drugs dispensed are never used. Abuses of unused and/or expired prescription medications is a public health issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse, as well as contaminating our water system. Poisoning is the number-one cause of injury-related deaths in the United States. The latest statistics show that the number of unintentional poisoning deaths in North Carolina increased from 279 deaths in 1999 to 1,178 deaths in 2014, an increase of 320 percent. From 1999 to 2016 more than 12,000 North Carolinians died from opioid-related overdoses. This epidemic is devastating families and communities.
Since 1999, 91% of all unintentional poisonings were caused by prescription or over-the-counter medications according to NC Injury and Violence Prevention, DHHS.
Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, the River keepers of North Carolina, NC State Bureau of Investigation, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina and local law enforcement agencies working together to encourage the public to safely dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medication. For additional information please contact Karen Gerald at (704) 694-4036.