Police in Durham have a better plan for getting rid of excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs than flushing them down the toilet or merely tossing them in the trash.
The Durham Police Department is expanding its "Medicine Drop" program for a day on Friday by hosting collections at four pharmacies around town in partnership with Safe Kids North Carolina.
The program allows people to anonymously dispose of unused or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications.
Earlier this week during a stop in New Hampshire, President Donald Trump touted the benefits of medicine drop programs in stemming the tide of opioid abuse.
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Operation Medicine Drop will be held Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations
- Walgreens, 1812 Holloway Street
- Kroger, 3457 Hillsborough Road
- Triangle Pharmacy/Ace Hardware, 1700 East NC Highway 54
- Kroger, 202 West NC Highway 54
Officers at these locations will supervise the collection and maintain the security of any collected materials. The collected materials will be destroyed in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
The Durham Police Department also has three Operation Medicine Drop locations that are used throughout the year and all drop-offs may be done anonymously. DPD’s Operation Medicine Drop boxes are at:
- Durham Police Headquarters, 505 W. Chapel Hill Street, Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Enter the front door of main lobby.
- District 2 Substation, 5285 North Roxboro Road (Eno Square Shopping Center), Monday-Friday, 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-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ring buzzer for assistance. Do not leave medicines at the door.