Operation Medicine Drop
To help stop prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands, Attorney General Cooper and the SBI help sponsor prescription drug take-back events across the state.
We partner with Safe Kids North Carolina, the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement to collect and safely destroy these drugs during Operation Medicine Drop.
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.
North Carolinians safely disposed of more than 12 million pills during one week in March 2013, and we collected more than 16 million dosage units during spring and fall drug take back events in 2012.
More take-back events are planned for later this year. 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 have now been established in a few communities. This map indicates some of the locations where area residents can get rid of unwanted drugs year-round. Work is currently underway on a comprehensive list of these secure collection boxes.
Read about the results from Operation Medicine Drop.
Operation Medicine Drop Spring 2013
Operation Medicine Drop Fall 2012
Operation Medicine Drop Spring 2012
Operation Medicine Drop Fall 2011
Operation Medicine Drop Spring 2011
Operation Medicine Drop 2010