Medication Drop Boxes

Burke County Medicine Drop Boxes - Below are files for print or email distribution.

Scroll down to the VIDEO link, which is BELOW the flyer files.

Drop Box Newspaper Ad

Link to 1/4 page instructional ad for newspaper (high res PDF)

This initiative allows residents to deposit unwanted, expired, or unused medications at secure locations. Mailbox-style disposal drop boxes are securely installed and monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week in two locations: the Burke County Sheriff’s office and at the Valdese Police Department.

From Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant: it’s estimated that 90% of all property crimes in the area are related to drug activity. The NC Attorney General’s Office reported a 400% increase in prescription related crimes in the past five years.

About 70% of unintentional prescription drug overdoses are caused by the use of drugs that were either offered by, purchased or stolen from a friend or family member.  The drop boxes offer residents a safe, legal way to dispose of their medications before they fall into the wrong hands.

Drop boxes also provide a way to keep medications out of the community’s drinking water. Medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can end up polluting our waters, impacting aquatic species, and contaminating our food and water supplies. Most medicines are not removed by wastewater treatment plants or septic systems.

Medications should be dropped off in their original, labeled, plastic containers, if possible, or in sealed plastic bags to keep them together. Do not drop loose pills. Do not drop other personal items, hazardous waste, or needles. Please see instructional graphics.

Community sponsors for the drop boxes include Burke Primary Care, NC Safe Kids-Burke County, Burke Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency, Table Rock Pharmacy, Burke Pharmacy, Clinic Drug, Sheriff Steve E. Whisenant, Jones Drugs, Drexel Discount Drug, Dr. John Freeman, State Farm Insurance (Karin Cook), Mr. Cecil Huffman, Comfort Inn and Suites of Morganton,  and Accent Signs and Graphics.

This is a program of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Burke County Narcotics Task Force, Burke County Health Department, and Burke Substance Abuse Network. For information, email or call 828-433-1221.

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This image is a downloadable PDF of a 8.5"x11" flyer  for printing. To download, click the thumbnail, then the image link, then right click the image and save to your hard drive.

Front of Instructional Flyer

This image is a downloadable, 2-panel PDF of a 5.25"x8.5" flyer for 2-sided printing. To download, click the thumbnail, then the image link, then right click the image and save to your hard drive.



Sheriff Whisenant presents pill drop boxes

Morganton, NC ~ The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Prescription Drop Box campaign will be running 242 commercials from April 29 – May 31, 2013.

The Burke County Health Department Family Planning campaign will be running 331 commercials from April 29-May 31, 2013.

Stations running this PSA include:

  • WJZY CW 46
  • WMYT MyTV 12
  • Antenna TV
  • ThisTV

Burke Substance Abuse Network thanks WJZY CW 46, Charlotte for making this possible. Partners include Burke County Health Department, Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Burke Substance Abuse Network.

Please share this link widely. To receive a high definition .MOV file of this 30-second piece, email


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