Medication Drop Box Locations

To help reduce the risk of misuse or accidental exposure to medications, there are several permanent medication drop-box locations in New Hanover County. Properly dispose of your unwanted, unused and expired medications, in their original containers, for free at the following locations:

NHC Sheriff’s Office – Front Desk
3950 Juvenile Center Rd., Castle Hayne, NC
(910) 798-4200
Hours: Open 24/7

NHC Historic Courthouse – Room 201
24 North 3rd St., Wilmington, NC
(910) 772-6616
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Carolina Beach Police Department
1121 N Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC
(910) 458-2540
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

NHRMC Outpatient Pharmacy
2131 S. 17th St., Wilmington, NC
(910) 667-5181
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

NHRMC Emergency Department – North
151 Scotts Hill Dr., Wilmington, NC
(910) 662-9073
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

UNCW Police Department
5126 Lionfish Dr., Wilmington NC
(910) 962-2222
Hours: Open 24/7

Walgreens
4521 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC
(910) 313-6794
Hours: Open 24/7

Having unnecessary medications in the home can be a hazard. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Old medications can be confused with current medications.
  • Unused or expired medications can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
  • Pets could be harmed by ingesting dropped medications.
  • Improper disposal of medications can have an adverse effect on the environment.
  • The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends – and the home medicine cabinet.

New Hanover County’s Communications and Outreach Department is helping to raise awareness of the local opioid epidemic and its impact on the entire community through public service announcements that can be viewed below.

Health: 2029 S. 17th Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-6500 • Fax 910-341-4146 • Medical Records Fax 910-772-7805
Environmental Health: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 140 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-6667 • Fax 910-798-7815