Four Counties Invite Public to Dispose of Unneeded Medications

October 10, 2017
WILMINGTON, N.C. – In an effort to encourage the proper disposal of unwanted medications, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is partnering with regional healthcare, law enforcement, education and safety organizations to hold a first ever four-county medication disposal event.

Nine locations in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Onslow counties are scheduled to accept all medications on Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 pm.

People who misuse medication often get their first dose by using medications prescribed to other people, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To help stop the cycle in our own community, this event aims to reduce the risk of misuse or accidental exposure to medications, including opioids and other prescriptions.

Medications brought to the event should be in their original containers to help identify the medication. All personal information is removed. Law enforcement will be on hand to accept controlled substances. Medications can be prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins or herbal. Syringes and other sharps will be accepted.

Locations include:
New Hanover County
NHRMC Medical Mall, 2243 S. 17th St., Wilmington
NHRMC Urgent Care, 1135 Military Cuttoff Rd., Ste. 103, Wilmington
NHRMC Atlantic SurgiCenter, 9104 Market St., Wilmington
Carolina Beach Police Department, 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach

Pender County
Pender Memorial Hospital, 507 E. Freemont St., Burgaw
Island Family Medicine, 13567 NC Hwy. 50, #A, Surf City

Brunswick County
Brunswick Forest, 1333 S. Dickenson Dr., Leland
Novant Medical Center, 240 Hospital Dr. NE, Bolivia

Onslow County
Onslow Memorial Hospital, 317 Western Blvd., Jacksonville

For those who cannot attend the event, New Hanover County has several permanent drop boxes for residents to safely dispose of unwanted medications. No needles or biohazard materials are accepted in the drop boxes. To find a location, visit https://www.nhrmc.org/about/community-resources/medication-disposal.

For more information, contact Iris Baker at 910.667.8297 or iris.baker@nhrmc.org.