Law enforcement hosts medicine drop

Mar. 18, 2013 @ 07:24 PM

A free and convenient option for disposing potentially hazardous expired and unused medications runs daily through Friday at a series of Henderson area locations.

Maria Parham Medical Center on Ruin Creek Road is receiving the expired prescription and over-the-counter meds through 11 a.m. today.

The drop-off is part of a coalition effort to keep prescriptions from falling into the wrong hands or harming the environment, according to Safe Kids Henderson-Vance coordinator Angela Feingold, also an officer with the Henderson Police Department.

Mast Family Drug store at 501 S. Chestnut St., takes up the cause from 2-6 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office is on deck for helping collections at two locations: the Vance County Fire/EMS headquarters at 188 Bickett St., and at the Henderson Fire Department Station No. 1 at 211 Dabney Drive.

Also on Wednesday, Food Lion at 1419 E. Andrews Ave., will receive be a drop-off point from 3-6 p.m.

On Thursday, Walmart, 200 N. Cooper Drive, will be the drop-off location from 2-6 p.m., and from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, medications can be taken to Devita Vance County Dialysis at 854 S. Beckford Drive.

“We’ve been doing this for several years. It’s to help keep prescriptions off the street,” said Lt. Irvin Robinson of the Henderson police. “We will probably have another one in September or October.”

The focus is on unused, expired prescriptions that are especially dangerous if discarded and found by children. Feingold, in a written advisory, said nearly 7,000 unintentional poisoning deaths have occurred since 1999.

Over-the-counter medications can also be a concern, and are included in the take back as a safe way to keep them from children.

Biohazardous materials cannot be accepted by Operation Medicine Drop, according to Feingold. The medications are turned over to the SBI for disposal.

Safe Kids North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Insurance administer statewide efforts. Further statewide information, including a calendar of events, is available online at ncsafekids.org.

 

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.