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“Operation Medication Drop-Off” Collects Gallons of Pharmaceutical Waste

ASHEVILLE NC – Park Ridge Health pharmacy staff collected 25 gallons of unused medication at the 4thannual Poison Prevention Week “Operation Medication Drop-Off,” which took place at The Health Adventure’s new location at Biltmore Square Mall. Officers from North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department were on-site to provide support and safety at the event.

“This year’s event was a huge success, and I want to thank everyone who volunteered their time to provide support, and also those who stopped by,” said Kosha Parcell, CPhT, a pharmacy technician at Park Ridge Health and coordinator of the event. “This is a great way to ensure that expired and unused medications don’t become a poison risk in our homes, and also keep potentially dangerous substances out of our landfills and water systems.”

Despite rainy weather, approximately 30 people dropped in at Operation Medication Drop-Off to safely dispose of prescription and non-prescription medications they no longer needed.

“The Health Adventure was pleased to distribute 25 free day passes as a way to thank those who took advantage of this great service,” said Paige Wheeler, Executive Director of The Health Adventure. “We are looking forward to hosting this event again in the future!”

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

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