WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover Regional Medical Center wants your old or expired medications. The hospital is hosting a free medication disposal event on Saturday, April 2.
The event runs from 9 a.m. until noon at the NHRMC Medical Mall, 2243 S. 17th St. That’s right beside the main hospital campus. Drive-thru service will also be available.
The public is invited to bring their unneeded and expired medications to be disposed of in a safe, convenient and environmentally sound manner. The event is held in partnership with law enforcement agencies, Cape Fear Community College, Safe Kids NC, Cape Fear Clinic, Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free Tomorrow, and New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District.
All medications brought to the event should be in their original container, so they can be easily identified. All personal information will be removed. The Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office will also be on hand to accept controlled substances. Everything from prescriptions, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal supplements are accepted. However, needles and syringes will not be accepted.
Having unnecessary medications in the home can be a hazard. Old medications could be confused with current medications; children could be poisoned by them; and pets could be harmed if they ingest medications dropped and not picked up. In addition, improper disposal of medications can have an adverse effect on the environment.
Proper disposal of unused medications also prevents them from falling into the wrong hands and being distributed illegally or being used by someone who is abusing prescription medication. Misuse of prescription drugs has become a serious problem throughout the region.
Outreach coordinator, Iris Baker says, “We are very pleased to host these events for the community. We have held these events twice a year since 2009. We recycle containers, and the medications are weighed and incinerated by the Sheriff’s Department.”
Baker adds the events have resulted in more than 7,000 lbs of medications being collected since 2009.[mappress mapid=”1308″]