Public Invited to Drop off Expired or Unwanted Medications at Two Raleigh Locations

News posted Jul. 26, 2016 - 1:30 pm
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Citizens are invited to drop off unwanted or expired medications at two Raleigh pharmacies during a Prescription Medication Drop-Off Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30th, 2016. All collected medications will be disposed of safely.

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

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

  • Blue Ridge Pharmacy, 2601 Blue Ridge Road across from Rex Hospital;
  • 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 our rivers, streams, lakes and 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.


  • Jul 30, 2016
  • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


  • Blue Ridge Pharmacy
  • 2601 Blue Ridge Road
  • Raleigh, NC 27607


  • Jul 30, 2016
  • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


  • Josef’s Pharmacy
  • 2100 New Bern Ave.
  • Raleigh, NC 27610

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