New Hanover Regional Medical Center hosting free medicine disposal event

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center. File photo.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center. (File photo.)

WILMINGTON – Area residents with unused medication lying around the house are invited to drop them off at New Hanover Regional Medical Center this weekend.

The hospital is hosting a free medication disposal event on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the NHRMC Medical Mall, located at 2243 S. 17th St., next to the main hospital.

Vitamins, herbal supplements, over the counter and prescription medications will all be accepted. All medicine must be in their original containers to help with identification, and personal information will be removed.

The Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office will be there to take any controlled substances, and the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition will also be on hand to accept unopened and used needles and syringes.

According to a release from the hospital, having old or unused medicine around the house 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,” the release states. “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.”

The collection is done as a partnership between medical center, the local law enforcement agencies, Cape Fear Community College, Safe Kids NC, Cape Fear Clinic, Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free Tomorrow and the New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District.

Those who cannot make Saturday’s event but have old or extra medication can safely drop them off at one of two permanent drop boxes. They are located in Room 201 of the New Hanover County Courthouse, located at 24 N. 3rd St. in downtown Wilmington, and at the front desk lobby of the New Hanover County Detention Center, located at 3950 Juvenile Center Road in Castle Hayne. No needles or biohazardous materials are accepted in those drop boxes.

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