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DCoDPH to Launch ‘Project Pill Drop’

A permanent medication drop box for safe and secure disposal

Post Date:04/02/2018 9:26 AM

DURHAM, N.C. – On March 15, the Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) launched Project Pill Drop, a medication drop box to dispose of unused and expired medications.  The box is located in the lobby of the Durham County Human Services Building, 414 E. Main Street, where the following items will be accepted:

  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Prescription medication
  • Prescription patches
  • Prescription ointments
  • Vitamins.

“We understand that flushing unwanted medications may be harmful to our environment.  Most controlled substances are created synthetically and are not removed through normal water-treatment processes,” said Dr. Arlene Sena, medical director, DCoDPH.  “Our medication drop box will provide a safe method for the disposal of unwanted or expired medications.  We anticipate that this service will also reduce prescription drug abuse from expired medications left in our medicine cabinets.”

Used needles and syringes should not be placed in the medication drop box.  Proper disposal should be in a sharps container to the DCoDPH Pharmacy or Laboratory only.

For more information, contact Katie Mallette at or 919-560-7692.  Visit for information about DCoDPH Laboratory Services.

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