RBC grant creates program for a safe method for drug disposal

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 19, 2014) –To help celebrate Blue Water Day, RBC Bank today announced Operation Medicine Drop has  prevented 61 million doses of prescription drugs from flowing into North Carolina water systems  in the last five years, thanks to RBC Blue Water Project grants. The Pamlico-Tar River Foundation helped form Operation Medicine Drop, which was created in 2009, with a $100,000 RBC Blue Water Project grant from RBC Royal Bank.

Operation Medicine Drop partners with North Carolina law enforcement through Take-Back events to safely dispose of unused, unnecessary or expired prescription medications. You can view the calendar of events here and you can look for permanent collection boxes here.

"Operation Medicine Drop is an extension of our mission to monitor and enhance the Tar-Pamlico River as well as other North Carolina reservoirs," said Harrison Marks, executive director at the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation. "We're incredibly thankful for the partnership with RBC Royal Bank whose generous donation helped us kick-start such an impactful program. The program has been embraced and adopted by Riverkeeper® organizations from across North Carolina."

The RBC Blue Water Project is a historic, wide-ranging, 10-year global commitment to help protect the world's most precious natural resource: fresh water. Since 2007, RBC has pledged nearly $41 million to more than 700 charitable organizations worldwide that protect water, including the grants announced today, with an additional $8.8 million pledged to universities for water programs.

"The Pamlico-Tar River Foundation and their work with Operation Medicine Drop has made a huge impact in RBC Bank’s own backyard," said Kristen Doherty, vice president of sales, marketing and communications at RBC Bank. "We are so glad RBC’s initial grants could help fund such an incredible initiative which benefits North Carolinians and protects watersheds."

About RBC Bank
RBC Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada that provides U.S. banking solutions to RBC consumer clients with a cross-border lifestyle. RBC Bank pioneered cross border banking and has been serving clients who visit, shop, study or relocate in the U.S., for more than ten years. Today, the Bank provides everyday banking and real estate lending solutions to Canadian clients in all 50 states.   

About RBC Royal Bank
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. We are Canada’s largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization, and are among the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking and transaction processing services on a global basis. We employ approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve close to 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients in Canada, the U.S. and 51 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.

About the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation
The Pamlico-Tar River Foundation was founded in 1981. It is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to monitoring, protecting, and enhancing the Tar-Pamlico River and watershed while promoting environmental justice. PTRF is a grassroots organization, supported by more than 2000 citizen members that help in fulfilling PTRF’s mission.