New Hanover County installs permanent drop boxes for medication disposal

Posted December 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm     Category: News ReleasePublic Health

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County is pleased to announce two new permanent drop boxes that give residents safe new options to dispose of expired, unwanted medications. This initiative is a local effort to keep drugs off the street, prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings, and avoid environmental contamination. Items that can be placed in the secure drop box include non-narcotics, narcotics, over the counter (OTC ) medicines, herbals, and veterinary medications. Items that should not be placed in the box include needles or sharps, and biohazard materials.

The two new permanent drop boxes are located at the Sheriff’s Office in the front desk lobby of the Detention Center located at 3950 Juvenile Center Rd. in Castle Hayne, and the second is in Room 201 of the Historic Courthouse located at 24 N. 3rd Street in downtown Wilmington.

According to the Carolinas Poison Center, U.S. poisoning is now the leading cause of unintentional injury death, surpassing motor vehicle accidents. Prescription and non-prescription pain medicines (analgesics) were the most frequently involved substances in poisoning exposures overall in 2012. For North Carolina in 2012 and 2013, six out of every ten calls to the Poison Center involved pharmaceutical substances like a pain reliever, antidepressant, or cough and cold medicine. Eighty percent of these poisonings are unintentional or accidental and happen in the home.

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Release Contact:

Joshua Swift
Deputy Health Director
(910) 798-6592

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