Northern Hospital of Surry County is hosting a Med & Shred Day this Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon.
This is a new concept for NHSC, according to Ashly Lancaster, marketing and communications.
Folks can stop by the hospital that morning to drop off any unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter pills (tablets or capsules, but not liquids) for proper disposal. Sgt. Stacey Inman, of the Mount Airy Police Department, will be on hand to assist in collecting medications along with Darin Manuel, the hospital’s manager of safety and security.
“Anyone who drops off medications will receive a small giveaway from the hospital,” said Lancaster. “Additionally, we will have on-hand medication lock boxes that are being provided by the ‘Lock Your Meds’ initiative.”
“This will be our second medication drop of the year,” said Lancaster, however the “shred” half is something new.
All shredding will be done right at the hospital by Shred-it as patrons drop off their documents, she said.
Acceptable items for shredding include any color office paper, file folders, bank statements, old tax records, other bills and confidential documents. Paper clips and staples are also accepted.
The following is NOT allowed for shredding: cardboard, plastics or metals, common trash, CD/DVDs, hardback books, phone books, hard binders, spiral notebooks, junk mail, newspapers and magazines. The hospital encourages folks to bring their papers to shred in open boxes or bags from which the paper can easily be removed to place in the shredder.
“The 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,” said Lancaster. “We want to make it a quick, simple process.
“This is a great opportunity for folks to not only clean out their medicine cabinets but those filing cabinets as well.”