Pender Memorial Hospital Invites Public to Dispose of Unneeded Medications

September 30, 2016

BURGAW, NC - In an effort to reduce the risk of misuse or accidental exposure to medications, including opioids and other prescriptions, Pender Memorial Hospital is scheduled to have a free medication disposal event Wednesday, October 5, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Burgaw Depot and Event Center, 115 S. Dickerson St.

The event is part of the Burgaw Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo and Health and Wellness Fair. Pender Memorial Hospital pharmacy staff and the Pender County Sheriff’s Department have partnered to collect 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. All personal information is removed. The Pender County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to accept controlled substances. Medications can be prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins or herbal.

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.

For more information, contact Angela Livingood at 910.300.4285 or

Pender Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, 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 is an economic engine for the community, creating more than 6,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly.