Apr 27, 2013
from 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM
|Where||Valet Lane in front of UNC Hospitals|
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Why is this needed?
Unused and expired medications place an incredible toll on patient safety and public health. Drugs are often left unsecured in cabinets and on counters. Many significant problems are associated with unused and expired drugs in the home:
- Accidental poisoning from ingestion of drugs among children and pets is a common occurrence. Children ages 1-5 account for 23% of all ED visits related to unintentional poisonings.
- Fatal drug overdoses are now the second leading cause of death due to unintentional injury in the U.S., exceeded only by motor vehicle deaths.
- Among young people ages 12-17, prescription drugs have become the second most abused drug behind marijuana.
- Drug diversion – theft, burglary, illegal possession, and drug abuse – is a major crime in households where narcotics are present.
- Disposal of unwanted drugs as household trash or by flushing then down the sink or toilet is unwise and dangerous to the environment.
Please help us keep our kids and community safe, and prevent drugs from falling into the wrong hands by participating in the “Operation Medicine Drop.”
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the UNC Hospitals Crime Prevention Officer at 919-843-1915.