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OTC Medicine Give Away Day
NC MedAssist, together with the Community Health Coalition and Northgate Mall will hold a free Over the Counter (OTC) Medicine Give Away Day in Durham on Saturday, May 30 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The event, which is made possible the Community Health Coalition, is open to any individual or family willing to attest to having a financial need.
This is the second OTC Give Away Day in Durham County and event organizers plan to serve close to 1000 individuals. Each participant will receive more than $80 worth of OTC products which include items such as allergy relief, pain relief, indigestion relief, first-aid and vitamins.
“The Community Health Coalition of Durham is very pleased to expand its mutually beneficial collaboration with NC Med Assist to serve the citizens of Durham County with an Over the Counter Medication Give Away,” stated Dr. Christy Clayton, Board Executive for the Community Health Coalition. “We are committed to the overall health and well-being of our community and look for new ways to address the social determinants of health. The OTC Give Away is yet another example of the Community Health Coalition address health equity and health disparities.” Along with a health fair, Dr. Clayton says the event will also feature “Walk-A-Mile with a Child”, a time to address the issues of obesity, health and nutrition for youth in our community. CHC along with other vendors will offer health education information, exercise demonstrations and health screenings.
NC MedAssist’s overall goal is to help alleviate the strain on the healthcare system by providing medications to those who normally use the emergency room for reasons such as fever, minor pain relief and treating cold and flu symptoms.
“Choosing between buying food or medication is a real issue,” stated Misty Moore with the North Carolina MedAssist program. “Our OTC Program is here to ease the burden of such a tough decision. We are delighted to be able to give back to Durham County residents.”
Since its inception, NC MedAssist has distributed over $1.6 million dollars of donated OTC medication to North Carolina individuals and clinic partners. All OTC medication is donated to NC MedAssist by Second Harvest Food Bank of the Metrolina.
About NC MedAssist: Founded in 1997, NC MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy that provides free prescription medicines to low-income, uninsured North Carolinians. MedAssist offers three programs that address the needs of children and adults: the Free Pharmacy program, the Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medicine program, and the Senior Care program. MedAssist dispenses more than $20 million worth of free prescription medication to 10,000 low-income North Carolinians each year. To learn more about NC MedAssist and find out how to get involved, visit www.medassist.org.