Medication Disposal

Note: Due to impacts of COVID-19, we recommend you call ahead prior to visiting a permanent medication disposal location as hours of operation and public visitation may have changed. 

To help reduce the risk of misuse or accidental exposure to medications in our own community, New Hanover Regional Medical Center holds medication disposal events and is also one of New Hanover County's locations with permanent drop boxes for residents to safely dispose of their unwanted medications.

Having unnecessary medications in the home can be a hazard:

  • Old medications could be confused with current medications
  • Children could be poisoned by them
  • Pets could be harmed by ingesting dropped medications
  • Improper disposal of medications can have an adverse effect on the environment  

How to Properly Dispose of Unwanted Medications

No needles or biohazard materials are accepted in the drop boxes. Bring your unused and expired medications, in their original containers, to one of the permanent drop box locations listed below. For hours of availability and additional locations, visit

Permanent Medication Drop Boxes:

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  • NHRMC Emergency Department-North
    151 Scotts Hill Drive, Wilmington

  • NHRMC Outpatient Pharmacy
    2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington
    Pender County
  • Pender Memorial Hospital
    507 E. Fremont Street, Burgaw

To search for a medication disposal drop box near you, click here.