Law Enforcement Agencies Provide Prescription Drug Disposal

Sheriffs’ offices and police departments across the state are offering residents safe and environmentally responsible over-the-counter and prescription medication disposal. While most law enforcement agencies generally accept controlled substances, residents who wish to drop off unwanted medication are urged to contact the agency or department to confirm what drugs can be accepted and hours of submission. If no disposal program for controlled substances is convenient, the AWARxE Medication Disposal page provides instructions on safely disposing of controlled substances at home.

North Carolina medication drop-off boxes are at the following locations:

Aberdeen Police Department
804 N Sandhills Blvd
Aberdeen, NC 28315
910/944-9721

Apex Police Department Lobby
205 Saunders St
Apex, NC 27502
919/362-8661
Prescription and over-the-counter medications are accepted. Syringes are not accepted.

Belmont Police Department
201 Chronicle St
Belmont, NC 28012
704/825-3792
24-hour access

Brevard Police Department
110 W Jordan St
Brevard, NC ‎ 28712
828/883-2212

Cherryville Police Department
704 E Church St
Cherryville, NC 28021
704/435-1717
24-hour access

Dallas Police Department
131 N Gaston St 
Dallas, NC 28034
704/922-3131
24-hour access

Elkin Police Department
226 N Bridge St
Elkin, NC 28621
336/835-9822

Fayetteville Police Department
467 Hay St
Fayetteville, NC 28301
910/433-1529
9 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday

Gaston County Police Department
420 W Franklin Blvd
Gastonia, NC 28052
704/629-2235
24-hour access

Gaston County Sheriff's Substation
132 W Virginia Ave
Bessemer City, NC 28016
704/629-2235
24-hour access

Kinston Department of Public Safety
205 E King St
Kinston, NC 28501
252/939-3201

Lenoir Police Department Lobby
1035 West Avenue NW
Lenoir, NC 28645
828/757-2100
8 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday
Pills, salves, and liquid medication in original containers or in other non-leaking containers are accepted. Disposal bags are available at the drop box site. Unacceptable medications include sharps, needles, IV bags, thermometers, over-the-counter medications, and medicines brought from nursing homes, clinics, doctors’ offices, or other businesses which distribute medications.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
700 John Howell Memorial Dr
Lincolnton, NC 28092
704/732-9050
8 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday
24-hour access

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
East Lincoln District
1889 N Hwy 16
Denver, NC 28037
704/735-8202
8 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday
24-hour access

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
West Lincoln District
3606 W Hwy 27 
Lincolnton, NC 28092
704/735-8202
8 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday
24-hour access

Moore County Sheriff’s Office
101 Dowd Rd
Carthage, NC 28327
910/947-2931
24-hour access

Mt Holly Police Department
125 E Charlotte Ave
Mt Holly, NC 28120
704/827-4343
24-hour access

New Bern Police Department
601 George St
New Bern, NC 28560
252/672-4100
Medications should be placed in plastic sandwich bags or kept in their original containers. 

Pitt County Sheriff’s Office
100 W Third St
Greenville, NC 27858
252/902-2800
Citizens can drop off pills and bottles in the box located in the courthouse front lobby quickly and anonymously any day or time. Scratch off identifying information on bottles. Syringes are not accepted.

Randleman Police Department
101 Hilliary St
Randleman, NC 27317
336/495-7516
24-hour access

Robeson County Sheriff’s Department
120 Legend Rd
Lumberton, NC 28358
910/671-3100
24-hour access
No liquids or needles

Town of Holly Springs
128 S Main St
Holly Springs, NC 27540
919/552-6221
8 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday
Drop box is located in the front lobby of police headquarters. Also available by appointment.

Village of Pinehurst Police Department
395 Magnolia Rd
Pinehurst, NC 28374
910/295-1900

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Lobby
198 N Washington St
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
828/287-6247
8 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday
Medicine drop box is for use by residents of both North and South Carolina. It is monitored by a surveillance camera 24 hours a day. Unused and/or expired pills must be in bottles or blister packs, and bottles of liquid medications must be sealed in plastic food storage bags.

Independent Pharmacies Provide Medication Disposal

Local, independent community pharmacists have the knowledge to ensure the safe and proper handling of medications, from dispensing to disposal. Many of these pharmacies also participate in medication disposal programs. Residents wishing to dispose of controlled substances are encouraged to contact individual pharmacies regarding their acceptance policies.  

North Carolina community pharmacy medication disposal locations are listed below:

Akers Pharmacy
1595 E Garrison Blvd
Gastonia, NC 28054
704/865-3411

Bailey Pharmacy
6311 Deans St
Bailey, NC 27807
252/235-3562

Banner Drugs
3478 E Broad St
Statesville, NC 28625
704/878-6681

Big Value Discount Drugs
8406 Richlands Hwy
Richlands, NC 28574
910/324-3164

Brame Huie Pharmacy
1920 W Park Dr
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
336/838-8988

Burton’s Pharmacy
120 E Lindsay St
Greensboro, NC 27401
336/272-7139

Cannon Pharmacy
1706 S Cannon Blvd
Kannapolis, NC 28083
704/933-6337

Cannon Pharmacy
342 E Parker Rd
Morganton, NC 28655
828/433-5120

Coats Pharmacy
393 N McKinley St
Coats, NC 27521
910/897-8500

Columbia Pharmacy
214 E Main St
Colerain, NC 27925
252/796-2421

Cost Wise Pharmacy
712 Washington St
Williamston, NC 27892
252/809-4288

CMC Rx
13640 Steele Creek
Charlotte, NC 28278
704/512-5500

CMC Rx
920 Church St N
Concord, NC 28025
704/403-3190

CMC Rx
16455 Statesville Rd
Huntersville, NC 28078
704/801-2566

CMC Rx Gateway
1085 NE Gateway Ct
Concord, NC 28025
704/403-8680

CMC Rx Medical Center Plaza
1001 Blythe Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28204
704/355-6900

D Rex Drugs of Jonesville
450 Winston Rd
336/835-6407

Family Care Pharmacy of Jacksonville
114 Memorial Dr
Jacksonville, NC 28546
910/353-5050

Family Care Pharmacy
1106B Main St
Swansboro, NC 28584
910/326-6600

Galloway Sands Pharmacy
58 Physicians Dr #3
Supply, NC 28462
910/754-7200

Hardins Drug
720 S Church St
Forest City, NC 28043
828/245-7274

Hickory Family Pharmacy
1501 Tate Blvd SE
Hickory, NC 28602
828/324-4630

Indian Trail Pharmacy
106 Indian Trail Rd
Indian Trail, NC 28079
704/821-7617

Josefs Pharmacy
2100 New Bern Ave
919/212-2555

Kinston Clinic North Pharmacy
701 Doctors Dr
Kinston, NC 28501
252/523-3187

Market Street Pharmacy
1612 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28401
910/763-0845

Mcphails Pharmacy of Lillington
815 W Front St
Lillington, NC 27546
910/893-4544

Medical Center Pharmacy
912 South 16th St
Wilmington, NC 28401
910/763-1896

Medical Park Pharmacy
278 Hwy 24
Morehead City, NC 28557
252/726-0279

Medicap Pharmacy
401 West A St
Newton, NC 28658
828/466-1500

MedSource Pharmacy
505 W Vernon Ave
Kinston, NC 28501
252/522-0353

Middlesex Pharmacy
10196 S Nash Street
Middlesex, NC 27557
252/235-4367

Moose Pharmacy
270 Copperfield Blvd NE
Concord, NC 28025
704/784-9613

Moose Pharmacy of Kannapolis
1113 N Main St
Kannapolis, NC 28081
704/932-9111

Moose Pharmacy of Midland
12925 US Hwy 601 S
Midland, NC 28107
704/888-2114

Moose Drug Company
8374 W Franklin St
Mount Pleasant, NC 28124
704/436-9613

Moose Pharmacy of Salisbury
1408 W Innes St
Salisbury, NC 28144
704/636-6340

Mount Airy Drug Health Mart
701 W Pine St
Mt Airy, NC 27030
336/786-5506

O’Neal’s Drug Store
292 E Main St
Belhaven, NC 27810
252/943-2643

O’Neals Drug Store Newport
7075 Hwy 70 E
Newport, NC 28570
252/223-3080

Sentry Drug Center #11
2622 E Main St
Lincolnton, NC 28092
704/735-2551

Smith’s Drugs of Forest City
139 E Main St
Forest City, NC 28043
828/245-4591

Thomas Drug Store
609 E Cumberland St
Dunn, NC 28334
910/892-2114

U Save It Pharmacy
20 Franklin Plaza Dr
Franklin, NC 28734
828/524-0156

Village Pharmacy of Wake Forrest
900 S Franklin St
Wake Forrest, NC 27587
919/556-2757

Walkers Pharmacy
33 N College Ave
Newton, NC 28658
828/464-1222

Whitley Drugs
605 Greenville Hwy
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828/692-4236