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Prescription drug drop off day

Agencies say prescription drug abuse is rising and that these types of programs are helping to eliminate the problem. (Source: Ocean Isle Beach Police Department) Agencies say prescription drug abuse is rising and that these types of programs are helping to eliminate the problem. (Source: Ocean Isle Beach Police Department)

SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WECT) – If you have left over prescription drugs laying around the house this coming Saturday is the day to make sure those medicines don't fall into the wrong hands.

The New Hanover Regional Medical Center is partnering with several law enforcement agencies and area groups to hold a Medication Disposal Event on Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drop off will be at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Medical Mall located at 2243 S. 17th Street, right behind the main hospital.

The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department is also holding Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lowes Foods parking lot in Ocean Isle Beach.

All medication should be brought in their original containers to help identify their medication. Different law enforcement agencies will be on hand to collect controlled substances. Agencies say prescription drug abuse is rising and that these types of programs are helping to eliminate the problem.

The Ocean Isle Police Department reminds people to:

  • Keep medicines locked up and out of reach of children.

  • Always read labels, follow directions and give medicines to children based on their weights and ages. Only use the dispensers packaged with children's medications.

  • Avoid taking medicine or vitamins in front of kids, and don't call them candy.

  • If you suspect poisoning and a child is choking, collapses, can't breathe, or is having a seizure, call 911. Otherwise, take the product to the phone and call the national Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-12221-800-222-1222.

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