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Drop boxes for expired medications set up through March 21 as part of Operation Medicine Drop

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Drop boxes for expired and unneeded prescription drugs are set up across North Carolina through March 21 as part of Operation Medicine Drop, sponsored by Safe Kids North Carolina.

Safe Kids organizes the events twice a year, provides a listing of drop-off sites and works with law enforcement to provide security at each location. The group works with the state Insurance Department, the State Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement agencies on the events.

The drugs are burned in an incinerator.

The SBI reported nearly 7.4 million pills were collected last October. About 1,000 people die each year in North Carolina from a drug overdose. Safe Kids officials say medications are the leading cause of child poisoning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they collected more than 300 pounds of medicine Saturday.


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For a list of drop-off sites: http://bit.ly/1NXZ48l

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