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Associated Press, Published May 03 2012

Postal Service to test delivery of emergency medicine in event of terror attack

MINNEAPOLIS — Workers with the U.S. Postal Service will deliver empty pill bottles to homes in the metro area Sunday in a drill to test how well they can deliver medicine in the event of a terror attack.

The Postal Service and the Minnesota Department of Health are announcing details of the drill Thursday.

It's the country's first full-scale test for postal workers to distribute medicine in case of an anthrax outbreak or other medical emergency. Plans for similar practice runs are in the works in Boston, San Diego, Philadelphia and Louisville, Ky.

The drill will take place Sunday in parts of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Golden Valley, Crystal and Robbinsdale. Volunteers and police officers will handle the delivery. The Health Department says more than 300 volunteers are trained for the task.