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Operation Medicine Drop offers chance to safely dispose of old prescriptions

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Check your medicine cabinet or that drawer in your bathroom, and you'll probably find bottle of expired prescription medicine. If so, you have a chance to safely get rid of it this week.

It's important not only to help decrease prescription medication abuse, but it's also important for the environment. If you flush old medicine down the toilet it gets into our water system, affecting the growth and reproduction of marine life.

Getting rid of old prescription drugs safely is much easier than you might think. There are drop-off events around the state this week as part of Operation Medicine Drop. Click here to find a drop-off event near you.

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I heard about this medicine

I heard about this medicine "drop" on the radio the other day. They also said it was important to have the meds in the original containers to identify them. If these meds are to be destroyed, can anybody explain to me why identification is even an issue? Kinda makes you wonder.............

The purpose of identifying

The purpose of identifying the pills is because they are keeping track of what is turned in. There are so many different types of pills and so many different manufacturers (brand names & generics) that it is entirely too time consuming to try and figure out what each pill is. At the end of the event numbers are tallied as to how many of each type (prescription, OTC, narcotics, etc) were collected.