Posted by Debra Worley - email
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - 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.
In addition, improper disposal of old medications can have an adverse affect on the environment
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.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center and local law enforcement agencies will hold a Medication Disposal Event on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Medical Mall, located beside the main hospital campus.
The public is invited to bring their unneeded and expired medications to be disposed of in a safe, convenient and environmentally sound manner.
All medications brought to the event should be in their original containers to help identify the medication. Medications can be prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins or herbal.
The Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office as well as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will be on hand to accept the unwanted drugs.