Operation Medicine Drop great success

Nearly 20,000 doses turned in
Mar. 29, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

Some 19,622 doses of unused or out-of-date medicines were collected in a combined effort March 26 at Thomasville Fire Department.
Thomasville’s Operation Medicine Drop was a success, declared Dolly Hulin, fire and life safety director at Thomasville Fire Department. Also involved in the effort were Capt. Darren Smith of the Thomasville Police Department and Fire Corps Member Maxine Ashe with the Thomasville Fire Department and Kent Lupton with Yakin River Keeper. The statewide effort is supported by NC Safe Kids and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency during its’ annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, said Hulin. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, she added.
Hulin advices that unused medicines should not be flushed nor put in the trash. Both methods pose potential safety and health hazards.