Northern Hospital of Surry County, in conjunction with the Mount Airy Police Department, will be hosting a Medication Take Back event on Wednesday, Oct. 18.
“We are accepting unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medicines, no liquids please,” the hospital stated in a release announcing the event. “Anyone who drops off medications will receive a coupon from Chick-Fil-A, thanks to Chick-Fil-A here in Mount Airy.”
This is one in a continuing series of such drug take-back events. The Mount Airy Police Department, along with various other agencies, has been spearheading the effort for several years, attempting to get unused prescription drugs off the streets. Otherwise, officials have said, they often end up in the wrong hands, either used incorrectly or sold to drug users. Nearly a year-and-a-half ago, the city police passed the million-pill mark of returned medication, and the number of medications being returned hasn’t slowed
With the number of 2017 overdose-related deaths in Surry County at 39 as of June 30 — exceeding the full year total of 32 in 2016 — officials are hoping to get as many unused drugs off the streets as possible.
“Our drop-off tent will be set up in front of the hospital along the patient discharge driveway which will allow drivers to pull in, drop off, then pull right back onto to Rockford Street,” the hospital said of its event this week. “We want to make it a quick, simple process for those willing to bring in medications.“
The drop off times are from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.