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Rex Express Cares Host Successful “Operation Medicine Drop”

March 28, 2013

Contact: Alan M. Wolf
(919) 784-4467

Rex Express Cares Host Successful "Operation Medicine Drop"

Partnership Event with Safe Kids North Carolina and Law Enforcement Agencies

Collected More Than 110,000 Dosages of Medication

RALEIGH, N.C. – On Saturday, March 23, Rex Healthcare hosted Operation Medicine Drop in conjunction with Safe Kids North Carolina and local police departments. Rex Express Care locations in Cary, Holly Springs, Knightdale and Wakefield participated in the event where co-workers and local law enforcement staffed drop-off sites to receive and properly discard unwanted or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications. The event at Rex Healthcare of Holly Springs also featured a demonstration by the Holly Springs Police Department K-9 unit and a car seat installation station.

The Rex Express Care sites helped collect more than 110,000 dosages of medication, reducing the risk of accidental poisoning and other problems.

"We participate in Operation Medicine Drop because ensuring that expired and unwanted medications are disposed of properly helps to keep kids safe and protects our environment," said Beth Mills, a pharmacist with Rex Healthcare. "The turnout across all locations was exceptional, and we were excited to surpass our dosage collection total from last year's event."

North Carolina has some of the highest numbers of deaths from unintentional poisoning, and the majority of these are due to over-the-counter or prescription medications. Reported data shows that from 1999 to 2010 the number of deaths from unintentional poisonings increased more than 300 percent in N.C. Since 2010, Operation Medicine Drop has collected more than 30 million dosages of medication at 1,000 events across the state.

For more information, visit rexhealth.com or ncsafekids.org.