ELIZABETHTOWN — A medication drop box has been donated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, giving Bladen County residents a new way to dispose of medications.
Health Educator and Safe Kids Coordinator Berkleigh Pridgen applied for the box as a means to address one of three top priorities identified by the 2015 Community Health Assessment. Of the individuals who were surveyed, a majority of respondents felt that drug and alcohol abuse was the biggest health issue in the county.
Bladen County Health Department has partnered with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office to provide community members with a simple way to safely dispose of their unused or expired prescription and over the counter medications. The drop box is regulated by law enforcement personnel and all medications within are incinerated.
The Med-Drop kiosk is housed within the new Sheriff’s Office located at 299 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown. For questions about accepted medications or how to prepare items for disposal, contact Pridgen by calling 910-872-6252.