Dosher Memorial Hospital hosting semi-annual pill drop-off event

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Dosher Memorial Hospital is hosting a drive-through drug collection this Thursday. File photo.
Dosher Memorial Hospital is hosting a drive-through drug collection this Thursday. File photo.

It’s time to gather up those outdated or unwanted prescription medications for safe disposal.

Dosher Memorial Hospital is hosting its semi-annual Operation Medicine Cabinet on Thursday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to James M. Goss, the hospital’s director of marketing and community relations.

Area residents can safely dispose out-of-date or other medications by driving under the portico at the front entrance of the hospital at 924 N. Howe St., Goss said.

Staff from the hospital will be on site to collect unwanted prescription medicines and non-prescription drugs. Law enforcement officials will be out to help control traffic and monitor the collection process.

Residents can also safely dispose of unwanted hypodermic needles and pet medications. All collected items will be incinerated and disposed of according to state and federal regulations, Goss said.

This is the ninth Operation Medicine Cabinet event conducted by Dosher Memorial Hospital, Goss said. The event is hosted in conjunction with the Southport Police Department, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and Bald Head Island Public Safety Department.