Hillsborough Police Offering Drive-Through Medicine Drop

The event will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23 at the community center in the Fairview neighborhood.

Friday, Oct. 8, 2021

Safely dispose of unneeded medications this month at Operation Medicine Drop in Hillsborough.

The Hillsborough Police Department will offer a drive-through event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Dorothy N. Johnson Community Center, located at 501 Rainey Ave. The community center in the Fairview neighborhood was recently renamed.

All are welcome to participate. The statewide program offers a safe and secure way to get rid of old or unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications. The service is free and anonymous. The goal is to prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse and to protect waterways.

Since North Carolina’s first drug take-back event in 2010, the program has collected and incinerated more than 246 million pills. The opioid epidemic is a crisis in North Carolina as well as nationally. An average of four people per day die from overdose in North Carolina, with 79% of those deaths involving some type of opioid.

More information

Permanent medication drop boxes are located at:

  • Hillsborough Police Department, 127 N. Churton St. ― Typically 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. However, town facilities remain closed to the public currently due to COVID-19.
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Office, 106 E. Margaret Lane ― 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

For more information about Operation Medicine Drop, visit or contact Master Officer Tereasa Matthews by email or by phone at 919-296-9530.

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