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November 12
​Operation Medicine Drop: Dispose of Expired and Unused Medicine Properly


Across the nation, approximately 60,000 emergency department visits result each year from children under age five who overdose unintentionally on medication.

That’s just one example of how, when not used or stored properly, prescription drugs contribute to accidental poisoning, overdose and unintentional substance use problems in our community.

You can help protect family, friends and neighbors by participating in Operation Medicine Drop on Nov. 13 at the Public Health Center located at 10 Sunnybrook Road in Raleigh.

Wake County staff will be on site from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. to accept expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and controlled substances. No questions asked. Please note, needles and liquids cannot be accepted.

Statistics show that nearly half of people in the U.S. used at least one prescription drug in the past 30 days. By providing safe and secure ways for people to get rid of unwanted medications, Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent misuse of unused medications.

In addition to disposing of medications at this one-day event, residents can visit any of the permanent prescription drug take-back boxes in Wake County to drop off medications throughout the year. To find a collection site close to your home, visit wakegov.com/dropbox.


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