Public Invited to Drop off Expired or Unneeded Medications at Four Locations on April 29

News posted Apr. 18, 2017 - 11:00 am
Pill Dropoff

Citizens are invited to drop off unneeded or expired medications at four Raleigh pharmacies during a Prescription Medication Drop-Off Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29. The discarded medications will be disposed of safely.

The City of Raleigh Substance Abuse Advisory Commission and the City’s Police, Public Utilities and Housing and Neighborhoods departments are sponsoring the free event to help prevent the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The event also helps keep medications out of the water system.

Citizens can take their unneeded or expired medications to the following locations:

  • Blue Ridge Pharmacy, 2601 Blue Ridge Road across from Rex Hospital;
  • Falls River Pharmacy, 10930 Raven Ridge Road;
  • Hayes-Barton Pharmacy, 2000 Fairview Road; and,
  • Josef’s Pharmacy, 2100 New Bern Ave.

Many of the people who abuse prescription drugs get them from unsuspecting family and friends. Children ages 12-17 abuse these drugs more than any other illicit drug except marijuana, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The Prescription Medication Drop-Off Event will help keep drugs away from those who might abuse them. It also provides a safe alternative to flushing unneeded or expired medication, which could taint drinking water supplies.

Markers will be available at the event to black out personal information on prescription labels.

The City of Raleigh Substance Abuse Advisory Commission advocates for the prevention and treatment of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse. Its members are volunteers appointed by the Raleigh City Council.

For more information, contact

  • Cathey Ector, Housing and Neighborhoods Department, 919-996-6100
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