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Rex Healthcare to Hold First “Operation Medicine Drop” at Cary Campus

Partnership Event with Safe Kids North Carolina and Law Enforcement Agencies Allows Families to Clean Out Medicine Cabinets

March 15, 2012

Contact: Kerry Grace Heckle
(919) 784-4471

Raleigh, N.C. - Rex Healthcare announced its first “Operation Medicine Drop,” in conjunction with Safe Kids North Carolina and the Cary Police Department. The event will be held Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rex Healthcare of Cary campus and will provide an easy “drive-thru” drop-off to help participants quickly discard unused, unwanted or expired medications.

“We encourage people from all of the surrounding areas to bring medications they no longer use to our ‘Operation Medicine Drop’ event,” said Beth Mills, pharmacist with Rex Healthcare. “With unintentional poisoning deaths on the rise in North Carolina, it is important to rid homes of medications that are no longer needed or expired. This ensures safety for families and also provides proper disposal that benefits our environment.”

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. An estimated 40 percent of poison related injuries occur in children ages five and younger.

Members of the public can drop off medications to officers and pharmacists at the Rex Healthcare of Cary campus, specifically the drive-thru area in front of Rex Wellness Centers.

“I’m very pleased that Rex Healthcare and the Cary Police Department are participating in this year’s Operation Medicine Drop,” said N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, chair of Safe Kids North Carolina. “This is one of more than 200 events throughout the state where people can safely dispose of medications. I encourage everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and help keep medications out of the wrong hands.”

Events are being held the fourth week of March to coincide with Poison Prevention week. In the spring of 2011, more than four million doses of medication were collected and disposed of properly.

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What:  Operation Medicine Drop
When:  Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where:  Rex Healthcare of Cary campus, 1515 SW Cary Parkway, Cary, N.C. 27511