Where Can I Find a
Drug Take Back Box?

Most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from a friend or relative, and home medicine cabinets are often the first place they look. Take part in the fight against the opioid epidemic by safely disposing of your unused prescription drugs.

Find a drug take back box near you using the following resources:

Operation Medicine Drop

Life in Check Consumer Drug Take-Back

Drug Enforcement Administration

NABP Drug Disposal Locator

Mutual Drug pharmacy drop box locations

Walgreens medication disposal locations

CVS medication drop box locations

Wake County Medicine Drop Box locations

Led by the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina works to keep kids safe by (among other things) sponsoring Operation Medicine Drop and encouraging people to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs. Connect with your local Safe Kids chapter here.

How Do I Dispose of
Medications at Home?

While official drug disposal boxes are the best way for you to dispose of unneeded opioid medications, you can dispose of unneeded medications in the home by using a commercially-available drug disposal kit or by following these steps:

  1. Cross out any personal information on your medicine bottle.
  2. Empty your medicine into a sealable, disposable container.
  3. Add cat litter, coffee grounds or another undesirable substance to discourage use.
  4. Discard the sealed container in your household trash.

Find out more information from the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy.

Find more information from the EPA here.

Find more information from the Product Stewardship Institute here.

Are There Mail-Back or
Home Disposal Kits?

You may also consider commercially-available, mail-back programs and home disposal kits.

At this time, the state of North Carolina is not able to test, verify or endorse specific commercial options.