Police add 2 more locations to dispose of medicine

Sep. 17, 2013 @ 05:30 PM

The Durham Police Department has added two more drop box locations for the public to properly disposal of unused and expired medicines. 

Residents can now anonymously drop off old, over-the-counter and prescribed drugs at District 2 and District 3 substation locations, in addition to the original drop box at police headquarters.

The two new boxes were installed last week as part of the department’s Operation Medicine Drop program. Operation Medicine Drop promotes safety by deterring accidental poisonings and drug abuse, and causing less pollution of waterways.

Periodically during the year, the department’s Special Operations Unit will still host collection events at various community outlets for residents to discard controlled, prescription and over-the-counter medications.  The medicine drop boxes help facilitate safe and proper disposal of medicines virtually year-round. All drop-offs are anonymous.


The dropoff locations are at:

Durham Police Headquarters

505 W. Chapel Hill St.

Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Enter front door of main lobby.


District 2 substation

5285 N. Roxboro Road (lot of Eno Square Shopping Center)

Monday through Friday only, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Ring buzzer for assistance. Do not leave medicines at the door.


District 3 Substation

8 Consultant Place (near Wynnsong Movie Plaza)

Monday through Friday only,  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ringer buzzer for assistance.  Do not leave medicines at the door.

Link to flier:  durhamnc.gov/ich/op/DPD/Documents/TwoNewMedicineDropBoxLocations.pdf

Substance use and abuse in Durham County

The Duke Center for Child and Family Policy released a June 1 report titled, “Substance Use and Abuse in Durham County. The report’s summary states:   “Prescription drugs are emerging as a public health threat. In 2011, 16 Durham residents died from overdoses to prescription drugs. From 2004-2011, 29 percent of toxin-related deaths were attributable to prescription drugs (42 percent were due to alcohol, 21 percent from cocaine and 6 percent from heroin). In 2011, according to data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 5.3 percent of middle school students reported taking a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription and 21.7 percent of high school students reporting doing this.”

Also in the report, the N.C. Office of the Chief Examiner lists the following drugs as the primary or a contributing factor in deaths in Durham County from 2004-11: acetaminophen, alprazolam, amitriptyline, amlodipine, buprenorphine, bupropion, carisoprodol, chlordiazepoxide, citalopram, clonazepam, codeine, cyclobenzaprine, diazepam, diltiazem, diphenhydramine, fentanyl, gabapentin, hydrocodone, memantine, methadone, metoprolol, morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, paroxetine, pentobarbital, phenobarbital, promethazine, propoxyphene, propranolol, quetiapine, sertraline, temazepam, tramadol, trazodone, venlafaxine and zolpidem.

The full report can be found online at: childandfamilypolicy.duke.edu/pdfs/pubpres/2013_Substance_Use_Abuse_Durham_County.pdf