Dispose of Unneeded Prescription Drugs at Hillsborough Drop Box

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
Dispose of Unneeded Prescription Drugs at Hillsborough Drop Box
A drop box for unused prescription drugs is located in the lobby of Hillsborough's main police station, 127 N. Churton St. It is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Updated Jan. 23 at 1:45 p.m.: An earlier version of this news release incorrectly stated that liquid medications are accepted. They are not.

If you have joined the masses tidying up their homes and are looking for a way to dispose of unneeded drugs, look no further.

The Hillsborough Police Department has a year-round drop box for unused medications. The drop box is located in the lobby of the main station, 127 N. Churton St., and is accessible from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays for safe disposal of your unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs.

The permanent drop box is intended to prevent drug abuse and addiction by reducing the amount of excess medication in the community. It also is a way to avoid safety and health hazards that could arise from flushing unused drugs down toilets or sinks or improperly disposing of them with garbage. Because safe disposal methods vary widely by drug, the FDA advises taking advantage of local take-back programs.

Terry Hackett, manager of the Hillsborough Stormwater and Environmental Services Division, also noted that unused drugs and pharmaceuticals should not be thrown into the stormwater drainage system.

“In fact, it is illegal to dispose of any unwanted items into the stormwater system,” he said. “Remember, only rain down the drain.”

As a reminder, follow these guidelines for use of the Hillsborough drop box:

  • Pill medications must be in original containers or a sealable bag.
  • Liquids are not accepted.
  • Needles are not accepted.