- Published on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 20:32
- Written by Super User
KURE BEACH - The Kure Beach Police Department will hold "Operation Medicine Drop" on March 17th from 9AM to 1PM at the Kure Beach Police Department at 114 N. 7th Ave. Call 910-458-7586 for more info.
The event is part of a statewide event running March 17th through the 23rd at various locations.
To cut down on prescription drug abuse, Attorney General Roy Cooper, the State Bureau of Investigation, local law enforcement agencies, Safe Kids North Carolina, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina and Community
Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina are sponsoring prescription drug take-back events March 17-23.
Fatal drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death due to unintentional injury in the U. S., exceeding even motor vehicle deaths.
Approximately 1,000 people died from overdoses on prescription drugs last year in North Carolina alone.
Among young people ages 12-17, prescription drugs have become the second most abused drug behind marijuana.
Nearly 75 percent of teenagers who use prescription drugs without proper authorization get the drugs from their home or a friend’s home.
The Medical Mall in Wilmington at 2243 South 17th Street will also hold an "Operation Medicine Drop" event on March 23, from 9AM to 1PM. For more info call (910) 297-9230. All drugs will be incinerated following EPA regulations. Since 2010, Operation Medicine Drop has collected more than 30 million at almost 1000 events.