Free over-the-counter medicine program targets area affected by flooding

Staff Report

LUMBERTON — Local residents will be offered a chance to obtain free over-the-counter medications during a medicine giveaway day to be held Jan. 27 in Lumberton.

The event being staged by NC MedAssist, which is funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, is open to any individual or family needing over-the-counter medication. The giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, located at 200 E. Eighth St., Lumberton. Identification is not required to participate.

“The Lumberton community was devastated by Hurricane Matthew and the rising floodwaters associated with the storm,” Executive Director Lori Giang said. “NC MedAssist wants to help rebuild and heal the community by providing free over-the-counter medications to families and individuals that may have lost everything due to flooding. We know that access to medicine cabinet staples such as cold medicine and Tylenol can help people manage their health during this difficult time.”

This event targets people who may have been affected by flooding and hurricane related damage. Each individual, over 18 years of age, will receive $100 worth of over-the-counter products, including such items as allergy relief, pain relief, indigestion relief, cold medicine, first-aid and vitamins. NC MedAssist’s goal is to help ease the burden for people who are making the choice between buying food or purchasing medication.

The program is run completely by volunteers. NC MedAssist is collaborating with Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Robeson County Church and Community Center, Public Schools of Robeson County, Robeson Community College’s Nursing Program, Robeson County Health Department, and Robeson County Department of Social Services to recruit community members to assist. To volunteer, To volunteer visit

Last fiscal year, NC MedAssist distributed more than $1.9 million of donated over-the-counter medication to North Carolina individuals and clinic partners. This fiscal year, the organization plans to distribute more than $2 million.

Founded in 1997, NC MedAssist is a statewide nonprofit pharmacy that provides free prescription medicines to low-income, uninsured North Carolina residents. For information on the OTC program and NC MedAssist, visit

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