In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week (3/17 – 3/23), the Matthews Police Department, in partnership with SafeKids North Carolina, will be hosting one of several Operation Medicine Drop events that are being held all over the state. (Event details below). This event is designed to bring awareness to our everyday goal of disposing of unused and/or expired medications properly.
These medications must not be allowed to get into the wrong hands which could then lead to poisoning and possibly end in death. As our entire nation continues the fight against opioid abuse, it was recently discovered that for the first time, unintentional poising is the leading cause of injury death to North Carolinians, surpassing motor vehicle deaths. From 1999 to 2017, more than 13,000 North Carolinians died from opioid-related overdoses.
“Every dose of medication that we can get turned over to us to properly dispose of is one less dose we have to worry about tragically taking someone’s life.” Matthews Police Chief Clark A. Pennington said.
Please take the time to go through your medicine cabinets and bring all medications to this event that are no longer being used or are expired. Items that may be dropped off at this event to be properly disposed of with no questions asked are:
NO SYRINGES – Please click on the link below for more information on how to safely dispose of syringes.
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Times: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Matthews Police Department (MAP - https://bit.ly/2OecQJU)
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC 28105
The list of attendees below will be made available to the media at 11:00 a.m. for individual interviews:
Chief Clark A. Pennington – Matthews Police Department
Chief Rob Kinniburgh – Matthews Fire / EMS
Mayor Paul Bailey – Matthews
Commissioner Mike Causey – North Carolina Department of Insurance
Chief Brian Taylor - NC State Fire Marshall's Office
Director Shannon Bullock - SafeKids NC
Janice Williams - SafeKids NC (Mecklenburg)
Butler Dream Team Members – 6
For any questions regarding this event, please contact Officer Tim Aycock at: [email protected] or 704.841.6754.