This weekend in Greenville, local non-profits will host a public giveaway of over-the-counter (OTC) medications to help anyone who can’t afford common medicines.
The annual Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medicine Giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at St. James United Methodist Church, located at 2000 East 6th Street.
The giveaway is open to anyone needing such OTC products as pain relievers, children’s medicines, cold and allergy medicines, indigestion aids, vitamins and some smaller first-aid items like Band-Aids. Individuals 18 years or older can receive up to eight medicine-cabinet items apiece.
The event is being organized by non-profit groups HealthAssist and NC MedAssist.
Shantell Cheek, Coordinator for HealthAssist, said, “By providing items of need, we’re trying to relieve a little financial strain that can sometimes come with purchasing medications.”
Organizers say past OTC Giveaway events have provided free medicine to approximately 800 people.
This year’s event will also include these free services:
Blood-pressure, blood-glucose and other medical screenings.
HealthAssist screenings for eligibility to receive no-cost prescription medications
An Access East Certified Marketplace Navigators booth on Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance
HealthAssist says more than 12,500 Pitt County residents live below the federal poverty level and do not qualify for health insurance.