Colorado Household Medication Take-Back Program
Go to Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention (takemedsseriously.org)
Business wastes, including those generated in health care facilities, cannot be deposited in program kiosks. Disposal guidance for businesses can be found here.
Please note that some locations are temporarily suspending their medication collection services due to facility closures. It’s recommended that you call ahead before visiting a location to check on their status.
A list of the locations found on the map.
Items that can or cannot be accepted
The success of the program depends on its proper use.
What if I can't access a collection site?
If you can’t access a permanent collection site, visit takemedsback.org to see if a collection event might be scheduled in your area. Mail-back envelopes or drug deactivation/disposal pouches can be purchased at some pharmacies. Ask your pharmacist for additional information. If none of these options are available, do not flush medications. Flushing can pollute water supplies. Follow the steps below for proper trash disposal.
Remove medications from their original containers and place in a zip-top bag or a sealable container with a secure lid (make sure you remove pill labels or cross out any identifying information and recycle or dispose the bottles separately).
Do not crush or attempt to dissolve pills and capsules.
Mix with something that can’t be eaten, like kitty litter or coffee grounds.
Wrap the bag or container in newspaper or a plain brown bag to conceal its contents.
Place it in your trash on the day it gets picked up or taken to a landfill.
There are no programs currently operating in Colorado that will accept unused drugs donated by individuals. However, other states operate programs that will, and will accept them by mail. These programs have strict guidelines that must be
followed, including prohibitions on prescribed controlled substances, refrigerated medications, and expired or soon-to-be expired medications. Wyoming’s Medication Donation Program and Iowa’s SafenetRx Program are two such programs available to Colorado residents.