Operation Medicine Drop scheduled Saturday at YMCA

Oct. 24, 2013 @ 10:04 PM

Across the state and in Henderson on Saturday, the National Take Back Initiative will have sites for disposal of over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

The Safe Kids Henderson-Vance Coalition is sponsoring the event in Henderson at the YMCA located at 330 Ruin Creek Road. The event, known as Operation Medicine Drop, begins at 8 and lasts until noon, with no questions asked.

Coordinating the event across the state are the N.C. Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina, State Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and Riverkeepers of N.C.

The event is an opportunity for people to prevent accidental poisonings, abuse and theft, according to Lt. Irvin Robinson, a crime prevention officer for the Henderson Police Department.

The clean-out idea is meant to be a round-up of all expired, unused and unwanted medications, including prescription drugs.

Robinson indicated the event is a free service that holds to a strict anonymity policy: no questions are asked, no investigations are made.

Event coordinators encourage parents and guardians to keep medicine locked up and out of reach from children; read labels and follow directions; and avoid taking medicine in front of children.

If children are choking, collapse, can’t breathe or are having a seizure and poisoning is suspected, the national poison help hotline is toll free at (800) 222-1222.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.