The Kure Beach Police Department will conduct an Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 9:00am to 1:00 pmat 114 N. 7th Avenue, next to Town Hall. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. This is a chance to dispose of your unused or expired prescriptions or other medications.

Operation Medicine Drop is an effort coordinated by the NC Dept. of Insurance, Safe Kids NC, NC State Bureau of Investigation, the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Riverkeepers of NC and local groups to prevent accidental poisonings, substance abuse and to protect our waters. Since 2010, over 1600 sites have collected over 53 million dosage units of medication during take back events statewide

Operation Medicine Drop reminds parents and caregivers to keep medicines locked up and out of reach of children; always read labels, follow directions and give medicine based on the child's weight and age; only use dispensers packaged with children's medications; and avoid taking medicine or vitamins in front of kids and don't call them candy. Unintentional poisoning from prescription medications is on the rise in NC. Since 1999, nearly 6,000 have died from this.

If you suspect poisoning and a child is choking, collapses, can't breathe, or is having a seizure, call 911. Otherwise, take the product to the phone and call the national Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222. For more information, go to www.ncsafekids.org or call the Police Department at 910-458-7586.