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November 02
​Operation Medicine Drop: Dispose of Expired and Unused Medicine

Did you know, the average North Carolinian fills 17 prescriptions annually? Studies show that as much as 40 percent of drugs dispensed are never used for their intended purpose. This contributes to accidental poisoning, overdose and substance use problems in our community.

You can help protect family, friends and neighbors by participating in Operation Medicine Drop on Nov. 8 at the Public Health Center located at 10 Sunnybrook Road in Raleigh.

Wake County staff will be on site from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. to accept expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and controlled substances. No questions asked. Please note, needles cannot be accepted.

By providing safe and secure ways for people to get rid of unwanted medications, Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent misuse of unused medications.

Additionally, residents can visit any of the 11 permanent prescription drug take-back boxes in Wake County to drop off medications throughout the year. They are located at:

For more information, visit wakegov.com/dropbox


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