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 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

 Locations do not accept liquids or needles (unless otherwise stated)
Apex

Apex Police Department
205 Saunders St.
Apex
919-362-8661
Monday–Friday
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
 
Walgreens
511 W Williams St.
Apex
919-363-1471
 
Cary
Cary Police Department
120 Wilkinson Ave. 
Cary 
919-469-4012 
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
 
Fuquay-Varina

Benzer Pharmacy
305 N. Judd Parkway
Fuquay-Varina
919-557-8300
 
Fuquay-Varina Police Department
919-552-3191
114 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina
24/7
 
Walgreens
1401 N Main St.
Fuquay-Varina
919-567-2846
     
 Garner

Garner Police Department
912 7th Ave. 
Garner 
919-772-8810 
Monday–Friday 
8 a.m.–5 p.m. 
Holly Springs
Holly Springs Police Department
750 Holly Springs Rd.
Holly Springs
919-557-9111
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Knightdale
Knightdale Police Department
979 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale
919-217-2261
Monday–Friday
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  
Morrisville

Morrisville Police Department
260 Town Hall Dr.
Morrisville
919-463-1600
Monday–Friday
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
 
 
Raleigh

CVS
2411 Landmark Dr.
Raleigh
919-788-4203
 
3914 Capital Blvd.
Raleigh
919-876-5600 
 
4309 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh
 919-231-2858
 
200 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh
919-834-3336
 
Wake County Human Services
Public Health Center
10 Sunnybrook Rd.
Raleigh
919-212-9663
Monday–Friday
8:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
 
Wake County Law Enforcement
Training Center
(Operated by Sheriff’s Office)
2300 Law Enforcement Dr.
Raleigh
919-856-6900
Monday–Friday
8 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.
 
Walgreens
4408 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh
919-231-5074 
 
4441 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh
919- 787-1155
 
9650 Strickland Rd.
Raleigh
919-845-9356
Rolesville 

Rolesville Police Department
204 Southtown Cir.
Rolesville
919-556-7226
Monday–Friday
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wake Forest

 Walgreens
3601 Rogers Rd.
Wake Forest
919-453-0932
 
Wendell

Wendell Police Department
9 S, Pine St.
Wendell
919-365-4444
Monday–Friday
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  
Zebulon  

 Zebulon Police Department
1001 Arendell Ave.
Zebulon
919-269-7455
Monday–Friday
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
 
 
 
For more information, contact:
Daniel Sims
919-212-9663