NHRMC holds medication disposal event

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover Regional Medical Center held their semi-annual medication disposal event Saturday.

The public was invited to bring their unneeded and expired medications to be disposed of in a safe, convenient, and environmentally friendly manner.

Event organizers say having unnecessary medications in the home can be a hazard to young children and pets.

According to press release by NHRMC, misuse of prescription drugs has become a serious problem throughout the region and is now the second leading cause of death in eastern North Carolina.

Nurse Case Manager in Outpatient Pharmacy Kathy Rawlings said, “Once we collect them, they are collected by the Sheriff’s department and they are incinerated. We have New Hanover County Soil and Water that will come in and they will recycle the plastic containers and cardboard.”

NHRMC Outreach Coordinator Iris Baker says last September they disposed over 755 pounds of medications.

There are now two locations in the county that have permanent medical drop boxes. One location is at the Sheriff’s office in Castle Hayne and the other is at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Wilmington.

Baker says, medications can be prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins or herbal, but no needles or syringes will be accepted.

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