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Sheriff's office installs medicine drop box at Durham courthouse

Posted April 16, 2014

— There's a permanent location now in the Durham County Courthouse for anyone wanting to get rid of unwanted over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Sheriff Mike Andrews says his office installed the medicine drop box in an effort to help curb prescription drug abuse.

"Surveys show that the majority of people believe prescription drugs are safer than street drugs, but that simply isn’t true if those prescription drugs are used inappropriately," Andrews said in a statement. "I hope that by providing a safe and anonymous way for people to dispose of unwanted medications, we can help prevent unintentional poisonings and drug abuse and protect the environment."

The box is in the lobby of the courthouse, at 510 S. Dillard St. and is open weekdays from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The medicine will be disposed of in a safe and non-hazardous manner.

Additional drop boxes are already in place at the Durham Police Department's headquarters, at 505 W. Chapel Hill St., and the District 2 and District 3 police substations at 5285 N. Roxboro Road and 8 Consultant Place.

The sheriff's office also plans to install another drop box in Rougemont, although it's unclear when.


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