Unwanted Medicine

Proper Disposal of Unwanted Medicine

One of the most commonly recommended methods of disposing of unwanted medication has been flushing the medicine down the toilet or rinsing it down the drain. Your doctor or pharmacist may even tell you to do so. But when medicines are flushed or rinsed down the drain, they flow to your septic tank or to your local waste water treatment plant, where they can harm the beneficial bacteria that break down wastes. Septic tanks and municipal treatment plants are not designed to remove these medicines, so they may pass through the waste water treatment plant unchanged. When the treated water is released into rivers and lakes, it can still contain these medicines.

The Safest Option

  • Securely package the medication and bring it to a Medicine Drop Off or take it to a local Pharmacy.
  • There is a Medication Drop Box in the second floor lobby of the Police Station, this box is available between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.
  • Until your medicine can be properly disposed of, keep it out of reach of children and animals.

Steps to Safe and Proper Disposal of Unwanted Medicine

  • Keep the medication in its original packaging.
  • Remove all personal information from the packaging.
  • Make the medicine unusable (crush or dissolve pills with a small amount of water, or flour for liquids).
  • Secure packaging with strong tape.
  • Place the package inside a non-transparent container