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Keeping prescription drugs out of the wrong hands

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Folks had the opportunity to safely dispose of their medication at the biannual Medication Disposal Event.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center, teamed up with law enforcement agencies, Cape Fear Community College, Safe Kids NC, Cape Fear Clinic and Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free Tomorrow to make it easy for anyone wanting to get rid of some old prescriptions.

New Hanover Regional Medical Mall turned into a drop-off drive through, allowing visitors to drop off their medications without ever getting out of the car.

Both the Sherrif's office and the police department were present to help with the intake and disposal of controlled substances.

But, they didn't only take in prescription medicine, they also accepted old vitamins and over-the-counter medications.

Event coordinator Kathy Rawlings said, "to have unwanted medications around can be a safety issue for children. also, for people maybe getting their medications confused, taking something that's been discontinued." Rawlings said, "it's just a good idea to get it out of your home."

Events like this are always the best option because it's otherwise difficult to get rid of old medicine safely.

Rawlings said if you absolutely cannot make it do an official disposal event, "the FDA recommends that you put the medication in a container, a plastic container like an empty laundry bottle and add a little water and maybe coffee grounds or kitty litter and seal it up then dispose of it in the trash."

This year they also got together with the New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District, recycling all the plastic containers.

Last fall they collected and disposed of over 800lbs of unwanted medication.

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Given how the drugs were

Given how the drugs were being handled previously by Sergeant Joseph LeBlanc of the Narcotics division, is it really any safer to give your old drugs to the police? At least until all our law enforcement officers are being regularly drug tested.

I wonder how many "in

I wonder how many "in demand" drugs made their way to the streets instead of being destroyed.