Safely dispose of old medications at local Operation Medicine Drop events
Eastern NC – Prescription drug take-back events in Onslow and Craven counties can help you safely destroy old drugs to keep them from falling into the wrong hands. Bring your unused medications to the New Bern Police Department at 601 George Street in downtown New Bern between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. If you live in Onslow County, drop-off locations are at two Jacksonville Walgreens stores: 1600 Gum Branch Road and 359 Western Boulevard.
Local law enforcement in North Carolina will partner with Safe Kids North Carolina and the Drug Enforcement Administration to collect and safely destroy these drugs during Operation Medicine Drop. Safely disposing of old medications through Operation Medicine Drop events instead of flushing them down the drain prevents 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.
Because narcotics and other dangerous drugs are often received at prescription drug take-back events, these events must be overseen by law enforcement officials. Unsecured collection boxes are not permitted. However, secure collection boxes are now available year-round in our communities. Find information about a permanent drop box near you at the CCSAP website: www.ccsap.org.
Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention (CCSAP) is a five-county coalition covering Carteret, Craven, Jones, Onslow and Pamlico counties. The coalition is working on the 4th year of a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant through the Office of National Drug Control Prevention (ONDCP). Each county has a Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force working within its local communities. Our goals are reducing underage drinking and preventing misuse and abuse of prescription medications for our united vision: creating communities free from substance abuse.