Medication Disposal & Abuse Prevention

To help reduce the risk of accidental exposure, poisoning, or medication misuse, there are several permanent medication drop box locations in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties, referred to as the “Tri-County Region,” where unwanted, unused and expired medications can be properly disposed of for free. View a downloadable list of drop-box locations here.

Please note: needles, sharps, liquids, or biohazard materials are not accepted at drop box locations for safety reasons. To safely dispose of needles or sharps, follow these guidelines.

Download a printable list of medication drop-box locations »

New Hanover County

Cape Fear Pharmacy
5235 S. College Rd., Wilmington
(910) 798–0900
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


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


CVS Pharmacy
4600 Oleander Dr., Wilmington
(910) 392-1921
Open 24/7


NHC Historic Courthouse – Room 201
300 Princess Street, Wilmington
(910) 798-4535
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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


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


NHRMC Emergency Department North
151 Scotts Hill Medical Dr., Wilmington
(910) 662-9000
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


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


UNCW Pharmacy
2nd Floor, DePaolo Hall, Wilmington
(910) 962-3016
Fall & Spring Semester Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m-5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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


Winter park Discount Drugs
5220 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington
(910) 791-2346
Open M-F 9am-7pm and Sat 9am-5pm


Market Street Pharmacy
1612 Market St, Wilmington
(910) 763-0845
Open M-F 9am-6pm and Sat 9am-1pm


Seashore Drugs
2059 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington
(910) 762-6278
Open M-F 9am-7pm and Sat 9am-5pm


Brunswick County

Boiling Springs Police Department 
9 E. Boiling Spring Road, Southport
(910) 363-0011
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office
70 Stamp Act Drive NE, Bolivia
(910) 253-2777
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office
10176 Beach Drive SW, Calabash
(910) 579-7030
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


Leland Police Department
102 Town Hall Drive, Leland
(910) 371-1100
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Ocean Isle Beach Police Department
2 West 3rd Street, Ocean Isle Beach
(910) 579-4221
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Shallotte Police Department
114 Cheers Street, Shallotte 
(910) 754-6008
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Sunset Beach Police Department
700 Sunset Blvd. N., Sunset Beach
(910) 579-2151
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


Pender County

Pender County Sheriff’s Office
605 E. Fremont Street, Burgaw
(910) 259-1212
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Pender Memorial Hospital
507 E. Fremont Street, Burgaw
(910) 300-4000
Open Daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Rocky Point Pavilion Pharmacy
7910 US-117, Suite 110, Rocky Point
(910) 210-2030
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m,-3 p.m.


Surf City Police Department
305 N. New River Drive, Surf City
(910) 328-7711
Open Daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Details for medication disposal events will be posted here as they are announced.

Dosher Memorial Hospital collected a record amount of unwanted medications at the recent drug drop-off event held on April 22. People from 730 local households discarded more than 30,000 expired or unwanted narcotic pills and nearly 3,700 milliliters of narcotic liquids.


On Saturday, October 24, 2020, NHRMC partnered with regional healthcare, law enforcement and other organizations to host a fall medication disposal event. All disposal sites were drive-through events with contactless drop-off. Masks and face coverings were required for those attending.

The medication disposal event was also held in conjunction with New Hanover County’s “Flu Thru” event. This weekend the staff collected 3680 pounds of medication, 19,761 sharps and administered 400 free flu shots!


To help stop prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands, the SBI helps sponsor prescription drug take-back events across the state.Safely disposing of old medications through Operation Medicine Drop events instead of flushing them down the drain prevents chemicals from ending up in the water supply. The SBI partners with Safe Kids North Carolina, the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement to collect and safely destroy prescription drugs during Operation Medicine Drop.

North Carolinians have safely disposed of approximately 80,600 pounds of pills at Operation Medicine Drop events from 2013 to 2018.

Operation Medicine Drop events typically take place statewide in the spring and fall. You can sign up to receive email notifications about events in your area.

Because narcotics and other dangerous drugs are often received at prescription drug take-back events, these events must be overseen by law enforcement officials. Unsecured collection boxes are not permitted. However, secure collection boxes are now available year-round in some communities. Find a permanent drop box near you.

General Medication Safety Resources

Medication Safety Resources for Children

Medication Safety Resources for Adults

Health: 1650 Greenfield Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-3500 • Fax 910-798-7834 • Human Services Fax 910-798-7824
Environmental Health: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 140 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-6667 • Fax 910-798-7815
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