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Operation Medicine Drop - THIS SATURDAY 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

10/23/2017
The Clayton Police Department is teaming up with Safe Kids Johnston County this Saturday, October 28th, for Operation Medicine Drop! It's part of a national Take Back initiative to get everyone to safely dispose of un-used, expired prescriptions and medicines so they don't end up in the wrong hands! 

OPERATION MEDICINE DROP
Saturday, October 28, 2017
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Walgreens
 11306 Us 70 Business Hwy West on the corner of 70 and Robertson Street
Clayton, NC 

 
Sorry, no syringes or liquids will be accepted! But load us up with pills - we'll take them all! 
 
Unintentional poisoning deaths have increased by nearly 300% in North Carolina, going from 297 in 1999, to 1,104 in 2012 and 91% were drug or medication-related, according to the North Carolina Injury & Violence Prevention Branch fo the NC Department of Health & Human Services.
 
Medications are the leading cause of child poisoning, with more than 67,000 children going to an emergency room for medicine poisoning each year, according to a March 2013 report from Safe Kids Worldwide.
 
Operation Medicine Drop offers the public a free and convenient option for disposing of their prescription and over-the-counter medications to protect their families and the environment. More information is available at www.ncsafekids.org
 
Can't make it to Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday - NO WORRIES! The Clayton Police Department makes it easy for you to get rid of those drugs every day of the week– just drop by the Clayton Law Enforcement Center at 315 East Second Street. We have a free drug disposal box right in the lobby. No questions asked! No paper work to fill out! You can come by any time 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We ALL have old prescriptions lining our medicine cabinet or random pills in our bathroom drawers that we can’t quite remember the name of. You might think it’s smart to hold on to them JUST IN CASE, but those drugs you’re letting languish in your home could lead to addiction, be swallowed by a child or grandchild, make someone sick because they’re out of date, or even harm the water supply when you flush them down the drain.

The free program at the Clayton Police Department was started on July 1, 2012 when the Clayton Rotary Clubs generously offered to pay for the collection box. The program was immediately popular and in the first year, Clayton Police collected more than 140 pounds of medications. There is a 5-gallon tote bag inside the drop box and on several occasions, the tote has been emptied on a Monday morning and was found overflowing again in less than four days.

Although legally prescribed drugs serve a useful medical purpose, they can be deadly if they get into the wrong hands and are misused. Cleaning out medicine cabinets and safely disposing of old prescription and over-the-counter drugs can save lives.

The Clayton Police Department continues to receive calls from residents outside of Clayton wishing to use our program and the Town welcomes that!

The types of drugs that people have dropped off include common over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen and Nyquil as well as Ben-Gay cream, vitamins, suppositories, and caffeine pills. The most frequently surrendered controlled substances include Alphamethadol, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Oxycodone, Ketamine, Testosterone, Alprozolam, Clonazepam, Prozac, Valium, Ritalin, among thousands of other pills.

The disposal box is intended to make the community safer, prevent potential misuse and to protect the environment. The only items that we can NOT accept are syringes and liquids.

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