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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th

Operation Medicine Drop will join the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for the annual National Take Back initiative on October 29, 2011. Last year, 186 events collected 1.4 million dosages in 67 counties.

139 streams in 30 states have been proven to be contaminated with various drugs and chemicals. By providing safe and secure ways for people to get rid of unwanted drugs, Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting our waters.

This is a partnership of the Riverkeepers of NC, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions and local law enforcement agencies. Drugs may be dropped off anonymously, no questions asked.

Drug poisonings are up 100% in our state and a recent article in the Sun Journal (9/14/2011) described the sad death of a Burlington High School quarterback who died after consuming his grandmother’s medication for pain. This young man was an outstanding student preparing for college and no drug abuse history.

CLEAN OUT YOUR MEDICINE CABINET AND URGE YOUR FRIENDS AND ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS TO DO THE SAME.

Do not keep outdated drugs as they are dangerous. You may deliver the drugs to the sites below and you will not be asked to provide any information.

Realo Pharmacy, 2117 S. Glenburnie Rd., New Bern

Food Lion, 1402 East Main St., Havelock

Submitted by: Larry Baldwin, Lower Neuse RIVERKEEPER, Neuse RIVERKEEPER Foundation, 1307 Country Club Road, New Bern, NC, 252-637-7972

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