The average North Carolinian fills 17 prescriptions annually and studies show that as much as 40% of the drugs dispensed are never used. Abuses of unused and/or expired prescription medications is a public health issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse as well as protect our water system. Poisoning is the number-one cause of injury-related deaths in the United States. The latest statistics show that the number of unintentional poisoning deaths in North Carolina increased more than 320 percent, from 279 deaths in 1999 to 1,178 deaths in 2014.

Since 1999, 91% of all unintentional poisonings were caused by prescription or 
over-the-counter medications.

(Source: N.C. Injury & Violence Prevention Branch).  If trends continue, unintentional poisoning deaths will surpass motor vehicle deaths as the leading cause of injury deaths in North Carolina by 2017.  

Wake County residents are encouraged to protect their families by safely disposing 
of unused and/or expired medications at any of the 11 permanent medication 
take-back boxes in Wake County.
 
Tips for dropping off unused or expired medication(s) 
and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines: 


1.     While not required, it is best practice to cross out your name(s) and address with a permanent marker on all medication labels.
2.     The bottles are not examined when removed from the drop-box and are safely and securely destroyed.
3.  Sharps (needles) are not accepted at any drop-box location. 
4.     For medications in cartons, remove the outer carton, but leave medications in the original bottles, as it was prescribed.
5.     Please don’t dump pills into large bags. We discourage this in case someone is stopped by law enforcement.
6.     If one is stopped, they should inform the officer of their intent to dispose.
7.     For large drop-off amounts or any other questions, please contact the location nearest you.

MEDICINE TAKE-BACK BOX LOCATIONS

 
 
 
* Apex Police Department
205 Saunders St.
Apex
919-362-8661
Monday–Friday
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
* Morrisville Police Department
260 C Town Hall Drive
Morrisville
919-463-1600
Monday–Friday
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
* Wake County Sheriff’s Office (Lobby)
330 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh
919-856-6900
Monday–Friday
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
 
 
* Cary Police Department
120 Wilkinson Ave. 
Cary 
919-469-4012 
Monday–Friday 
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
 
 
​* Wake Forest Police Substation
221 S. Brooks St. 
Wake Forest 
919-554-6150 
Monday–Friday 
8 a.m.–5 p.m.

* Wake County
Law Enforcement
Training Center
(Operated by Sheriff’s Office)
2300 Law Enforcement Drive
Raleigh
919-856-6900
Monday–Friday
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
 
* Fuquay-Varina Police Department
919-552-3191
114 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina
24/7
  
* Garner Police Department
912 7th Ave. 
Garner 
919-772-8810 
Monday–Friday 
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
 
* Wake County Human Services
Public Health Center
10 Sunnybrook Road
Raleigh
919-212-9663
Monday–Friday
8:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

​* Holly Springs Police Department

750 Holly Springs Road
Holly Springs
919-557-9111
24/7

 



Does not accept liquids or needles 
(unless otherwise stated)