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March 23
Safely Dispose of Old Medications During National Poison Prevention Week

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 more than 320 percent, from 279 deaths in 1999 to 1,178 deaths in 2014.

Wake County residents are encouraged to protect their families by safely disposing of unused and expired medications during National Poison Prevention Week, March 20–26. Local prescription drug take-back events can ensure old drugs are safely destroyed to keep them from falling into the wrong hands.

Two Operation Medicine Drop events will be held in Wake County from 3–6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, at the following locations:

Safely disposing of old medications through Operation Medicine Drop events instead of flushing them down the drain prevents unwanted chemicals from ending up in the water supply. North Carolinians have safely disposed of more than 61 million total doses at Operation Medicine Drop events since 2009.

Additionally, residents can visit any of the seven permanent prescription drug take-back boxes in Wake County, which accept medications throughout the year. They are located at the:

If residents cannot access these options to dispose of old medications, they should remove the medication from its original container; mix it with coffee grounds, cat litter or some other undesirable substance; and place in sealed plastic containers or bags. These can then be placed in the trash for pick up. Please remove any personal identifying information from prescription medicine bottles before throwing them away.

To learn more about how to keep you and your family safe, visit the Carolinas Poison Center's website.





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