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Dispose of Unneeded Medications

Safe and timely disposal of unneeded prescription medications, especially opioids, has never been more important than it is today.

In addition to keeping these substances out of our water supply, safe disposal of unneeded medication helps to keep drugs out of the hands of people who might abuse them. 

Abuse of certain prescription medications, which has led many people into addiction and heroin use, has become a deadly epidemic across the United States. This opioid epidemic is the focus of a major initiative by Attorney General Josh Stein.

Many North Carolina law enforcement agencies and other entities will be holding prescription drug take-back events from 10:00 AM  until 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 28, in conjunction with National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. (Some events will take place on dates other than the 28th. Check with your local law enforcement agency.)

Check here and here for take-back events near you. (More events may be added. Check again shortly before April 28 for a more complete list of take-back locations in your area.)
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City of Raleigh Take-back locations flyer (Spanish)

In addition, many North Carolina communities now have permanent drop boxes where prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can be placed for safe disposal year-round.

Check herehere and here to see if there is a permanent drop box in your area.

You can also contact your local police or sheriff’s office for assistance in disposing of unneeded prescription medications, and especially opioids.

Prescription Drug Take-Back events take place with assistance from the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina’s Operation Medicine Drop, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.