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Surf City PD hosts Operation Medicine Drop

Take your expired or unwanted medication to the Realo Drug Store in Surf City Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free medicine drop hosted by the Surf City Police Department. (Source: WECT) Take your expired or unwanted medication to the Realo Drug Store in Surf City Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free medicine drop hosted by the Surf City Police Department. (Source: WECT)
SURF CITY, NC (WECT) -

Take your expired or unwanted medication to the Realo Drug Store in Surf City Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free medicine drop hosted by the Surf City Police Department.

Operation Medicine Drop is held in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's 10th Annual National Take Back Initiate.

“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 local group(s) 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 to: 

  • 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.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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