Wake Forest Baptist Hosts Prescription Drug Collection Day

October 24, 2018

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is once again hosting a prescription drug collection day in conjunction with National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Piedmont Plaza I, 1920 W. First St., Winston-Salem.

Representatives from Wake Forest Baptist and the Winston-Salem Police Department will be on hand to collect unused or expired prescription medications, including pills, capsules and patches, for proper disposal.

“When we first held this event in April, many people in our community were grateful to have a convenient and safe way to get rid of medications they were no longer using,” said Brittany Anderson, M.D., an anesthesiology resident at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and an organizer of the collection event. “Now, we look forward to helping even more people make sure they keep unused medications away from children who may accidently take them or others who may intentionally misuse them.”

According to the DEA, 474 tons of prescription drugs were collected nationwide during the most recent Take Back Day, held in April, in communities across the country.
In addition to this event, medication drop-off boxes are always available at specific Wake Forest Baptist outpatient pharmacy locations, during each pharmacy’s regular business hours.

Media contacts: 

Joe McCloskey, jmcclosk@wakehealth.edu336-716-1273

Eryn Johnson, eryjohns@wakehealth.edu336-713-8228