Dosher Memorial Hospital collects unwanted prescriptions

Posted by Debra Worley - email

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Residents could safely dispose of their unwanted medication at Dosher Memorial Hospital Wednesday.

Old medications could be confused with current medications or children and pets could be poisoned by them.

Pills that are flushed go directly into the public water system, and throwing unwanted medications in the trash allows them to break down over time and leach into groundwater.

The hospital received hundreds of old prescription drugs and will properly dispose of them.  Members of the Drug Enforcement Administration will burn the medication in an insinuator.

"It has just been wonderful," said hospital spokesman Kirk Singer.  "As people have come through, they've been expressing their gratitude to us for having this program and for giving them an outlet to get rid of all those old medications they've been trying to figure out a way to get rid of for a long time."

In an effort to reduce drug abuse and accidental overdoses, the Leland Police Department has a medication drop box inside the department's lobby.

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