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Emergency meds delivery test goes well

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May 7, 2012 at 6:32 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials are pleased with a Twin Cities test of postal workers delivering medication during an emergency.

But a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Health says it will take time to assess the exercise.

"Operation Medicine Delivery" was the first full-scale test of a strategy for distributing medicine in the event of an epidemic or large-scale anthrax attack. About 300 mail carriers on Sunday delivered an empty pill bottle to 37,000 homes in parts of St. Paul, north Minneapolis, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Golden Valley.

State Health Department spokesman Buddy Ferguson says officials are pleased with how the field portion of the test went. But he tells the Star Tribune a complete assessment will take days or weeks.

Officials say residents who received the empty pill bottles can recycle them.

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