Public Invited to Dispose of Unneeded Medications

September 24, 2014
WILMINGTON – New Hanover Regional Medical Center, 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, is holding a Medication Disposal Event on Saturday, September 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Medical Mall, 2243 S. 17th St., located beside the main hospital campus. The public is invited to bring their unneeded and expired medications to be disposed of in a safe, convenient and environmentally sound manner.

All medications brought to the event should be in their original containers to help identify the medication. The Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to accept controlled substances. Medications can be prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins or herbal. No needles or syringes will 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 and is now the second leading cause of death in Eastern North Carolina.

“We are very pleased to host this event for the community,” said Iris Baker, Outreach Coordinator at NHRMC. “Since we began holding these events, we have collected thousands of pieces of unneeded medications and kept them from becoming hazards to our community and our environment.”

For more information, contact Iris Baker at 910.667.8297 or [email protected]

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 6,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly.