Operation Medicine Drop - March 20, 2019

Posted on Monday March 18, 2019
Contact: Officer Tim Aycock
                Public Information Officer
                [email protected]


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:

Over-the-counter drugs



Pet Medications

NO SYRINGES – Please click on the link below for more information on how to safely dispose of syringes.


Event Details

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.

Operation Medicine Drop


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