Operation Medicine Drop a success in Thomasville
More than 215 Operation Medicine Drop events were held in 75 counties across the state March 16-22 to collect and destroy expired and unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Capt. Darren Smith of the Thomasville Police Department, Division Chief Dolly Hulin of the Thomasville Fire Department, Kent Lupton with the Yakin River Keepers and Registered Nurse Jan Wright collected 44,183 dosages of medication at the fire department’s headquarters on March 19.
According to a press release, Operation Medicine Drop is an effort coordinated by North Carolina Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina, the State Bureau of Investigation, Riverkeepers of NC and local groups to prevent accidental poisonings, substance abuse and protect our waters.
“Every time we collect and destroy a dosage of excess medication, it’s a success. We’re keeping these drugs out of the wrong hands and out of our waterways,” said Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. “I commend these folks for actively engaging their community in this very important initiative and I thank the public for taking responsibility to dispose of medications in a safe, secure way.”
With unintentional poisoning deaths on the rise in the state, Operation Medicine Drop reminds parents and caregivers of the following:
• Keep medicines locked up and out of reach of children.
• Always read labels, follow directions and give medicines to children based on their weights and ages. Only use the dispensers packaged with children’s medications.
• Avoid taking medicine or vitamins in front of kids, and don’t call them candy.
• If you suspect poisoning and a child is choking, collapses can’t breathe or is having a seizure, call 911. Otherwise, take the product to the phone and call the national Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
For more information about Operation Medicine Drop, visit www.ncsafekids.org