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Prescription Drug Disposal


Which is the best place to dispose of unused or expired prescription medications?

A. The toilet?

B. The trash?

C. A designated drop box?


Placing precriptions into a designated drop box keeps medications out of our water supply and out of the hands of people who retrieve them from the trash to sell on the street or use themselves. It also protects your family members from misuse of drugs that can be dangerous or even deadly. The majority of teens abusing prescription drugs get them from their home medicine cabinets.


  • Expired or unused medications
  • Over the counter medications
  • Medication samples
  • Pet medications
  • Medicated ointments and lotions
  • Liquid Medications (Liquids cannot be accepted at the Greensboro Police Department drop boxes)
  • Remove all personal information and place items in a sealed baggie before placing in the drop box.


  • Needles/Lancets/Syringes
  • Thermometers
  • IV Bags
  • Bloody or infectious Waste
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Empty containers
  • Personal care products

For more information and to locate permanent drop boxes throughout NC, please visit the Safe Kids NC website.

Drop Box Locations

  • Alamance County Sheriff’s Office
    109 S Maple Street • Graham, NC 27253
    24 Hours a Day / 7 Days a Week

  • Burlington Police Department
    267 W. Front Street, Burlington
    Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Elon University Campus Safety and Police Department
    416 North Williamson Avenue, Elon
    Mon. - Sun. 5 a.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Greensboro Police Department
    300 Swing Rd.
    Greensboro, NC
    Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Greensboro Police Department
    1106 Maple St. 
    Greensboro, NC
    Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Guilford County Sheriff's Office 
    District 1 Office 
    7506 Summerfield Rd.
    Summerfield, NC
    Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Guilford County Sheriff's Office 
    District 2 Office in Stoney Creek
    6307-B Burlington Rd.
    Whitsett, NC
    Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • High Point Police Department
    1009 Leonard Ave.
    High Point, NC
    Open 24/7

  • Mebane Police Department
    116 West Center St.
    Mebane, NC
    Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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