New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus counties to host drug takeback events

Organizations within New Hanover, Brunswick and Columbus counties will host drug disposal events during the month of October.
Published: Oct. 21, 2022 at 11:38 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2022 at 8:42 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Organizations within New Hanover, Brunswick and Columbus counties will host drug disposal events during the month of October.

“So ideally, the safest way to dispose of medications is with these drop boxes or take back events,” said Gabrielle Duncan, pharmacist with Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “We want to keep medications out of our water supply. I know a lot of people will try to flush your medications down the toilet, and that’s especially concerning for us here in Wilmington, being on the water.”

For additional information on where unwanted prescriptions may be dropped off on other days, please visit the Drug Enforcement Administration’s website.

New Hanover County

Novant Health will host a drive-thru, contactless medication disposal event that will take place on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two locations within New Hanover County. Per the announcement, residents may drop off the following:

  • All medications
  • Syringes
  • E-cigarette and vaping devices with the batteries removed

One event will take place at Novant Health New Hanover Medical Plaza at 2243 S 17th St. in Wilmington, while the other will be held at Novant Health Scotts Hill Outpatient Surgery Center at 9104 Market St. in Wilmington.

Brunswick County

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Brunswick County Health Services and Coastal Horizons are hosting a medication disposal event on Oct. 28.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Creek Park at 6420 Ocean Hwy E in Winnabow. Per the announcement, it will be hosted in observance of the DEA’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day and in support of the SBI’s Operation Medicine Drop.

“The opioid epidemic is not only a national crisis but a North Carolina crisis as well,” stated an announcement from Brunswick County. “An average of 4 people a day are dying from overdose in NC, with 79% of those deaths involving some type of opioid.”

For more information, please visit the Brunswick County website.

Columbus County

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office will host a drug takeback event on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wal-Mart at 200 Columbus Corners Drive in Whiteville.

According to the announcement, residents are encouraged to turn in unneeded medication for safe disposal as part of the DEA’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day.