Iredell commissioners help fund medicine giveaway event set for May 3

Posted at 12:29 PM on Mar 9, 2019

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Free Over-The-Counter Medication Giveaway through N.C. MedAssist planned for May

BY KARISSA MILLER

Many Iredell County families are forced to choose between buying groceries and over-the-counter medications when allergy season arrives or a cold comes on suddenly.

Help is on the way.

The Statesville Family YMCA will host an over-the-counter medication giveaway on May 3.

There is no cost to attend and it’s open to the public.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 3. Allergy relief medication, Tylenol, cold medicine and more will be included in the selection of OTC medications given away.

N.C. MedAssist is a free pharmacy for insured and uninsured patients. Founded in 1997, the organization has given away more than $61 million in prescription and over-the-counter medications, according to Nurse Practitioner Denise Howard.

Medication will be provided on a-first come, first-serve basis. MedAssist will have enough medicine to give away to 1,000 people. Each individual can receive up to 10 different OTC medications.

“Hopefully this event will happen yearly and we can move it to different cities,” Howard said.

During the event, there will also be free health screenings for depression, HIV, diabetes and hypertension. Medical professionals in the community will also be on hand to link people who are uninsured to community clinics and resources that can help them.

Novant Health will bring its mobile mammogram unit for women and give free mammograms to both insured and uninsured patients. The mammograms will run all day long and no sign up is required.

Howard said that a mammogram detected an aggressive form of breast cancer that she once had that wouldn’t have been detected otherwise.

The event is being made possible through a collaboration of financial donations from community partners, including Partners Behavioral Health, Wells Fargo, the Howard family and the Iredell County Board of Commissioners.

Lake Norman Regional Hospital, Davis Hospital, Iredell Memorial Hospital, Statesville Family Medicine, United Way, YMCA and other groups are also partnering together to make this event happen.

During their March 5 meeting, county commissioners voted unanimously to allocate $2,500 to support the MedAssist event in May.

In other action, commissioners also:

► Approved a request from the Register of Deeds for authority to set the office hours for both the Statesville and Mooresville offices in the event of inclement weather or safety issues.

► Approved a $15,750 request from Planning and Development for approval of a two-year Inter-local Agreement for the Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission. Participating municipalities currently include Statesville, Troutman, Mooresville, Davidson, and Iredell County.

► Approved a request from the Parks and Recreation Department for approval of a budget amendment to increase funding provided to Iredell-Statesville Schools from $25,000 to $50,000 to help cover costs of utilities and maintenance for athletic and recreational use of school facilities.

► Approved a request from the Parks and Recreation Department for approval of Provider Location Agreement for Silver & Fit, Fitness Passport, and AARP/Renew Active programs, and authorized the County Manager to sign, contingent upon reaching an agreement satisfactory between both parties.

► Approved a Request from the Finance Department for approval of audit contract with Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, P.A. for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. Finance Director Deb Cheek conducted a request for a proposal for audit and received four proposals. This resulted in a reduction of the county’s audit fee by 10 percent from $70,500 to $63,450, she said.

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