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Citizens Encouraged to Dispose of Unwanted Medications

NEW HANOVER CTY - Citizens are encouraged to bring their unwanted medications to New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s free Medication Disposal Event with drive-thru service on Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Medical Mall beside NHRMC (2243 S. 17th Street Wilmington, NC 28401).
Medications should be in their original containers to help identify the medication.  Law enforcement will be on hand to accept controlled substances.  Medications can be prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, or herbal.
“Based on cases reported to poison control centers, half of all poison-related deaths among children, ages 5 and under, involve medicine,” said Julia Histed, coordinator of Safe Kids Cape Fear. “Children have faster metabolisms than adults and anything they ingest can be absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly.”
Having unnecessary medications in the home can be a hazard to yourself, your loved ones, and the environment.
• You could confuse old medications with current medications.
• Children could ingest them and be poisoned.
• Pets could be harmed if they ingest a pill that is dropped and not picked up.
• Teenagers may be tempted to sell the medications to their classmates.
• Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply.
As the Medication Disposal Event approaches, Safe Kids Cape Fear reminds parents to make sure they store hazardous materials – such as medication – out of their children’s reach.
For more information about this event, contact Kathy Rawlings at 910.815.5152 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.nhrmc.org, www.nhcgov.com or www.safekids.org
Source: New Hanover County.