What can I do now?
- If you think you have a problem with opioids, go to our Resource tab and find help.
- Learn more about opioids with this video
- Talk to your children and grandchildren about the dangers of opioid use and misuse.
- Remove any medications you no longer need from your home and dispose of them at a secure drug drop box. (Link to list of drop boxes)
- Put your medications in a portable lockbox.
- Find helping resources for family and friends who misuse or abuse opioids.
- Volunteer with our Coalition.
- Volunteer to help people with opioid-related issues in your house of worship.
- Help remove the stigma of opioids where you live, work, play, and pray.
- Refer people to this webpage.
- Follow the Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition on Facebook
Put medications you no longer need in a drug disposal box to stop them from being misused and to keep our waterways safe by not flushing them in the commode. Do this with pain pills and the other drugs listed below.
Use these drug drop boxes 24 hours a day, seven days a week … no questions asked
The Belmont Police Department
The Cherryville Police Department
CVS Pharmacy, Belmont
The Dallas Police Department
The Gaston County Police Department
The Gaston County Sheriff’s Office
The Gastonia Police Department
The Mount Holly Police Department
The Stanley Police Department
Walgreens Pharmacy, Belmont
- Prescription medications
- All over-the-counter medications
- Pet medications
- Vitamins and Supplements
- Medicated ointments, lotions, creams, and oils
- Liquid medication in leak-proof containers
- Homeopathic remedies
Items Not Accepted
- Thermometers, needles, and syringes
- Bloody or infectious waste and IV bags
- Personal care products
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Aerosol cans
- Full inhalers
- Chemotherapy pills – please return them to the provider who prescribed them for you.
For more information on drug disposal call 704/866-3320
To dispose of clean syringes, call 1-828/291-7023
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