Sheriff installs medicine drop box at courthouse

Apr. 19, 2014 @ 04:12 PM

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office has installed a drop box where people can discard unwanted over-the-counter or prescription medications.
The drop box is in the lobby of the Durham County Courthouse at 510 S. Dillard St. The lobby is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding certain holidays. Medications deposited in the box will be disposed of in a safe and non-hazardous way. All drop-offs are anonymous.
The box was donated by Durham Together for Resilient Youth founder Wanda Boone.
“Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in our community,” Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said. “Surveys show that the majority of people believe prescription drugs are safer than street drugs, but that simply isn’t true if those prescription drugs are used inappropriately.”
Andrews said that by providing a safe, anonymous way to dispose of unwanted medications, “we can help prevent unintentional poisonings and drug abuse, and protect the environment.”
The Sheriff’s Office plans to install another drop box at its office at 11821 U.S. 501 North in Rougemont in the near future.
Additional drop boxes in Durham are at:
• Durham Police Department District 2 Substation, 5285 N. Roxboro Road.
• Durham Police Department District 3 Substation, 8 Consultant Place.
• Durham Police Department Headquarters, 505 W. Chapel Hill St., available 24 hours a day.