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Operation Medicine Drop Spring Campaign Nets More Than 14 Million Dosage Units

May 6, 2024

North Carolina continues to combat the overwhelming opioid crisis, with an average of 11 lives lost daily to overdoses, 79% of which involve opioids.

During the recent Operation Medicine Drop Spring Campaign, more than 14 million dosage units of unused medications statewide was collected and destroyed. This initiative not only addresses the immediate dangers but also prevents environmental hazards from improper disposal, safeguarding against drugs falling into the wrong hands or contaminating water systems.

Operation Medicine Drop is a FREE drug take-back program, providing a safe way for individuals to dispose of unwanted medications. Since 2010, the program has collected over 358 million pills, supported 4,500+ events, and established 500+ drop box locations statewide.

"We're deeply committed to addressing the opioid crisis," said Chief Brian Taylor, State Fire Marshal. "Operation Medicine Drop saves lives and protects communities and the environment. Together, we're making a difference in North Carolina."

For more information about Operation Medicine Drop, upcoming events, or to find a permanent drop box location visit NC OMD.