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National Prescription Take Back Day April 28 at Onslow Memorial Hospital

JACKSONVILLE – Onslow Memorial Hospital is joining with other area hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, local law enforcement and community partners to collect unused prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, April 28.

A “drive-thru drop off” will be set up at the main entrance of the Hospital near the flag pole to offer a convenient and efficient way to participate in the event. All medications should be in their original containers. Over-the-counter medicines, syringes and sharps will also be accepted. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an initiative of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

“This is another example of how our community comes together,” says Dr. Penney Burlingame Deal, president and CEO of Onslow Memorial Hospital. “Participating in events like these help prevent drugs getting into the wrong hands – whether it’s a small child or someone battling opioid addiction. The small act of cleaning out your medicine cabinet could save a life.”

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Last year Onslow County collected 160 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Nationwide, the event brought in 900,000 pounds from more than 5,500 sites.

Click here for a list of all drop-off locations.