Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Vice and Narcotics Division
“Operation Medicine Drop”
601 East Trade Street Conference Room crimeincharlotte.blogspot.com
April 22, 2010 3:30pm
“Operation Medicine Drop”
April 24th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
To provide people an opportunity to properly dispose of old, unused or outdated prescription medication and to bring awareness to the increasing trend of prescription drug abuse.
Prevent prescription medication from being obtained and abused by teens and adults, as well as educate how to properly dispose of unused prescription medication.
In 2009, two operations were held in Mecklenburg County which yielded over 140,000 dosage units collected.
Harris Teeter Stores (7)
Morrocroft Village 6701 Morrison Blvd
Stonecrest Shopping Center 7852 Rea Rd
Steele Croft 13000 South Tryon St
The Shops at Highland Creek 5810 Prosperity Church Rd
Park Road 4101 Park Rd
North Cross Shopping Plaza 9759 Sam Furr Rd Huntersville
1811 Matthews Township Parkway Matthews
· Misuse of prescription drugs is second to marijuana as the Nation’s most prevalent drug problem. (Partnership for Drug Free America)
· Prescription drug abuse is number one for first-time drug users, especially among 12 to 13 year olds (National Survey on Drug Use and Health and SAMSHA)
· 48 million people (20% of the population), ages 12 and older, have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in their lifetimes (NIDA-National Institute on Drug Abuse)
· More than 3 million youth (1 in 5) in the U.S. aged 12 to 17 used prescription drugs in the past year to self-treat physical or mental distress, improve appearance or performance, catch an energy wave, or simply mellow out. (Partnership for Drug Free America)
· 61% of teens who abuse prescription drugs admit to easily obtaining the drugs for free, primarily from friends and relatives (Partnership for Drug Free America)
· 41% of teens believe prescription drugs are less dangerous than illegal “street” drugs (Partnership for Drug Free America)
· The number of Emergency Room events relating to non-medical use of prescription drugs equal that of “street drugs” ,totaling 44% (DAWN-Drug Awareness and Warning Network)
· A new report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) concluded that in more than 16 states, more people were killed by drugs than by auto accidents. The study, which was reported by the Associated Press, found that the majority of drug-related deaths were caused by the abuse of painkillers.
· In 2008, unintentional poisoning from prescription drugs was the second leading cause of injury deaths for North Carolina residents.
· In 2008, drug related adverse events were one of the top three causes of injury related emergency department visits for Mecklenburg county residents in many of the age groups.
Chief Rodney Monroe, CMPD
Sheriff Chip Bailey, MCSO
ASAC John Emerson, Drug Enforcement Administration
ASAC Judy Billings, NC SBI
Levine Children’s Hospital
Charlotte Mecklenburg Safe Kids
Harris Teeter Stores