Pender Memorial Hospital Opens Drop Box Location for Unused Medications

September 07, 2017
BURGAW, NC – Pender Memorial Hospital has opened a medication disposal drop box in the main lobby. The drop box provides the community another convenient location to safely and securely dispose of unused medications, both prescription and over the counter, to prevent their potential misuse or improper disposal.

The drop box is part of the ongoing efforts of Pender Memorial Hospital, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) Opioid Harm Reduction Initiative to reduce the misuse of or accidental exposure to medications.

The medication drop box is located at 507 E. Fremont St. and is available free of charge 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week.

As prescription drug abuse and the opioid epidemic continue to be a significant issue in our region, this medication drop box demonstrates another step NHRMC and Pender Memorial Hospital are taking to partner with local and county agencies to support our community in combating this overwhelming issue through development of a regional medication disposal strategy.

“This is the first non-law enforcement based drop box in Pender County and we are proud to provide a safe place for medication disposal,” said Pender Memorial Hospital Pharmacy Manager Angela Livingood. “Unused medication within homes has the unfortunate potential for misuse or to be taken accidentally. This medication disposal drop box will help our community by giving an avenue to properly dispose of these medications.”

For more information on the Pender Memorial Hospital drop box, call (910) 300-4285 or visit www.nhrmc.org/about/community-resources/medication-disposal.