Pharmaceutical Takeback Sites
Updated: Oct 20, 2022
Do you have leftover medicine sitting around your house?
Did you know that safe disposal of medication is important for our community and environment?
Drug “take-back” programs let people conveniently drop off unused drugs for safe disposal. There are many permanent drug take-back locations across the state. Click here for an interactive map to find a location near you.
Why is this important? When leftover or expired drugs are thrown in the trash, in the toilet, or down the drain, they end up in landfills, sewage systems, or wastewater treatment facilities that are not equipped to remove them. From there, they enter our waterways, where they threaten wildlife and the quality of our drinking water. When stored in the home long term, they can fall into the wrong hands – leading to drug abuse, misuse, or accidental poisonings and contributing to the prescription drug abuse epidemic. In fact, seven out of 10 people who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family, often from medicine cabinets.