CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If you have unused or expired medicines in your cabinet, you may want to listen up.
Police in our area are urging folks to get rid of them with the help of Operation Medicine Drop. Prescription drug abuse is one of the nation's most prevalent drug problems.
By getting rid of your unwanted meds, you're potentially saving a life. The drops are easy and take only a moment.
You will remain anonymous; police won't record your name or the drugs. The medicines are collected and later incinerated.
Statistics show 70 percent of teens who abused prescription drugs, admit to getting them for free from friends and relatives.
By getting the drugs out of your medicine cabinet, you're reducing that risk.
"There's only one way that children get a hold of prescription drugs and that's either in their parents medicine cabinet or from a friend that got it from their parent's medicine cabinet," said Detective Jamie Almond with CMPD.
There's also another hidden danger when it comes to disposing of prescription drugs improperly. Many people flush the medicines down the toilet and that means they could end up in your drinking water.
"So, when you turn on the tap, very small amounts of pharmaceuticals are getting in to your tap water." according to Kent Lupton with Yadkin Riverkeepers.
Lupton says water treatment plants don't removed drug residue.
The next Operation Medicine Drop is Saturday March 23rd at the Walgreens on Lawyers Road in Mint Hill. The event is from 10am to 2pm and is sponsored by the Mint Hill Police Department.