HAPPENING TODAY: Medication take back event features 19 locations in 6 counties

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - It’s time to clean out your medicine cabinet. New Hanover Regional Medical Center is partnering with regional healthcare, law enforcement and other organizations to host a medication disposal event in six counties.

Nearly 20 locations are scheduled to take part in the event on Oct. 26, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to the hospital, medications can be prescriptions, over-the-counter, vitamins or herbal. Syringes and other sharps will be accepted.

Here’s a look at the participating locations in each county:

New Hanover County

  • NHRMC Medical Mall, 2243 S. 17th St., Wilmington
  • NHRMC ExpressCare, 510 Carolina Bay Drive, Wilmington
  • NHRMC Atlantic SurgiCenter, 9104 Market St., Wilmington
  • Carolina Beach Police Department, 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach
  • New Hanover County Senior Resource Center, 2222 S. College Rd., Wilmington
  • UNCW Police Department, 5126 Lionfish Drive, Wilmington
  • New Hanover Medical Group – Myrtle Grove, 5145 S. College Road, Wilmington
  • MedNorth Health Center, 925 N. Fourth St., Wilmington
  • State Employees’ Credit Union, 2721 Northcase Parkway SE, Wilmington

Brunswick County

  • NHRMC Brunswick Forest, 1333 S. Dickinson Dr., Leland
  • Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, 240 Hospital Dr. NE, Bolivia

Pender County

  • Pender Memorial Hospital, 507 E. Freemont St., Burgaw
  • Island Family Medicine, 2540 N.C. 210 East, Surf City
  • Village Pharmacy of Hampstead, Inc., 14057 US-17 #100, Hampstead
  • Black River Medical Center, 4811 N.C. 50, Maple Hill

Columbus County

  • Columbus Regional Healthcare System, 500 Jefferson St., Whiteville

Bladen County

  • Anderson Drug Store, 206 South Poplar St., Elizabethtown
  • Clarkton Drug, 80 East Green St., Clarkton

Duplin County

  • Vidant Duplin Hospital, 401 N. Main, St., Kenansville

According to a spokesperson with New Hanover Regional Medical Center, almost 40,000 needles and syringes were dropped off during a similar event held in April and nearly 4,000 pounds of medications total across all of the sites.

If you can’t make the event on Oct. 26, you can find a permanent drop box near you here.

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