How to Dispose of Unneeded Medications

October 23, 2017
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Many community-minded organizations in Wilmington, New Hanover County and neighboring counties are working toward reducing the opioid dependency problem in our area.

You can help by properly disposing of unused medications. This keeps these medications from being misused by family members, guests or anyone who gains access to your home.

But opioids aren’t the only medications that should be disposed of. Any medication -- over-the-counter or prescription, mineral or vitamin – that is expired or is no longer useful, should not be kept in your home. Misuse by a child or accidental ingestion by a pet could lead to serious illness.

Flushing your medications would get rid of your medications, but we also don’t want these medications to be polluting our waterways.

Fortunately, it’s easy to properly dispose of all old and unneeded medications.

Drop boxes provide community members with a convenient location to safely and securely dispose of unused medications to prevent their potential misuse or improper disposal. Fortunately our community has several locations where you can drop off unused drugs. Our law enforcement agencies have led this initiative for years, and now there are several other places in New Hanover County where you can dispose of medications.

That includes the Outpatient Pharmacy at the main campus at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, a drop box at NHRMC Emergency Department North in Scotts Hill, and a drop box at Pender Memorial Hospital in Burgaw. From April to September, NHRMC collected more than 530 pounds of drugs at these boxes.

In addition, NHRMC partners with local agencies twice a year to hold medication disposal events where residents can dispose of medications at a drive-through drop-off. Since 2009, these events have collected more than 9,000 pounds of drugs.

On October 28, 2017, the medication disposal event will be bigger than ever – nine locations in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Onslow counties. This is a testament to the collaborative effort our community is making to eliminate opioid misuse in our region, to keep our children and pets safe, and to keep these drugs out of our waterways.

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