Drug Disposal

Medications in container

Safe Disposal

Get rid of old or unwanted medications safely - whether they’re prescription or over-the-counter! The Police Department has a permanent drug drop box located in the lobby of police headquarters. Drop off your old, expired, or unwanted drugs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Statewide Collection

There are also permanent collection sites at various other police departments throughout the state. The American Medicine Chest Challenge and Project Medicine Drop sites both have lists of departments that participate.

Why Not Flush or Toss Old Medications in the Trash?

  1. Medications flushed down the toilet or sink may eventually end up in our drinking water. Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove pharmaceutical compounds.
  2. Drugs thrown out in the trash without taking special precautions are accessible to children and pets; not only that, they can degrade and the medications leach into the groundwater.

Safe Disposal Limits - Opportunities for Abuse

Because it can be inconvenient to dispose of medications properly, more people have been leaving unwanted prescriptions in their medicine cabinets. This innocent act is fueling the newest drug problem among America’s teens: prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse.