NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – New Hanover County officials announced Tuesday two new permanent drop boxes that will give residents safe new options to dispose of expired, unwanted medications.
The two new permanent drop boxes are located at the Sheriff’s Office in the front desk lobby of the Detention Center located at 3950 Juvenile Center Rd. in Castle Hayne, and the second is in Room 201 of the Historic Courthouse located at 24 N. 3rd Street in downtown Wilmington.
Officials say the initiative is a local effort to keep drugs off the street, prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings, and avoid environmental contamination. Items that can be placed in the secure drop box include non-narcotics, narcotics, over the counter (OTC ) medicines, herbals, and veterinary medications. Items that should not be placed in the box include needles or sharps, and biohazard materials.
According to the Carolinas Poison Center, U.S. poisoning is now the leading cause of unintentional injury death, surpassing motor vehicle accidents. Eighty percent poisonings are unintentional or accidental and happen in the home.