Mint Hill Police will participate in Operation Medicine Drop, a program aimed at providing the public a safe and secure method for disposing of their prescription and over-the-counter medications. Poisonings from prescription medications is on the rise in North Carolina – since 1999 more than 75 percent of all unintentional poisonings were caused by prescription or over-the-counter medications (source N.C. Division of Public Health).

Children ages 1–5 account for 23 percent of all emergency department visits related to poisoning and these types of injuries result in a high death rate of infants younger than 1 year old due to their smaller size (source World Health Organization 2008 Childhood Injury Report). During Poison Prevention Week, March 14-20, Operation Medicine Drop will host take-back events statewide where the public can drop off prescriptions or over-the-counter products that may have expired or are unused. Every Operation Medicine Drop event will have a law enforcement partner that will dispose of the medications in a safe and secure way.

While most parents and caregivers are familiar with other poisoning culprits such as cleaning supplies and poisonous plants, most childhood poisonings occur from medications. Whether a person is injured or dies is determined by many factors such as dosing, size of child, condition of child’s health, and means of ingestion. The best form of prevention is to remove any risk from a child’s environment.

Operation Medicine Drop is sponsored across North Carolina by Safe Kids North Carolina, the N.C. Department of Insurance, State Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration.

Mint Hill Police will be hosting three events in the community:

Tuesday March 16th from 10:00am to 1:00p

Philadelphia Presbyterian Church

11501 Bain School Road

Wednesday March 17th from 2:30p to 5:30p

Walgreens

9202 Lawyers Road

Thursday March 18th from 1:00p to 5:00p

Blair Road United Methodist Church

9135 Blair Road

Please contact Faye or Det. Garmon with any questions about these events! 704-545-1085