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Since its launch in 2010, Operation Medicine Drop has become a popular initiative that encourages the public to safely dispose of their prescription and over-the-counter medications. Over the years, the campaign has collected more than 266 million pills through both permanent drop boxes and events held across North Carolina.

The importance of medication disposal was highlighted by Lillie Malpass, executive director at PCCSU. She emphasized the need for safe disposal methods to prevent medications from falling into the wrong hands, particularly those of youth and children. To this end, community organizations have partnered with Operation Medicine Drop to provide resources such as lockboxes for medications at these events.

Operation Medicine Drop is a collaborative effort between several agencies, including Safe Kids North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the State Bureau of Investigation. The partnership underscores their shared commitment to promoting safe medication disposal practices and protecting the well-being of communities and the environment.

Local sheriff’s offices, police departments, and some fire departments maintain permanent drop boxes for those who may have missed an event or simply need a convenient way to dispose of their medications. This ongoing effort highlights the dedication of these agencies to ensuring that communities are safe from potential dangers caused by improper medication disposal.

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