Household medications and pharmaceuticals

We recommend using this network of secure boxes for disposing of unused and unwanted household medications.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or drain.
Flushing even small quantities of household medications can contaminate drinking water supplies.
  1. Take the medications out of their original containers.
  2. Mix the medications with something that can't be eaten, such as used coffee grounds or cat litter, to prevent accidental or intentional misuse of medicine by children or animals. 
  3. Put the mixture in a container with a tightly fitting lid or in a plastic zip-top bag or other tightly sealed plastic bag.
  4. Except for fentanyl or Duragesic pain patches, transdermal patches should be folded onto themselves so they can't be reused before being placed in the sealable container. Fentanyl or Duragesic pain patches should be folded in half, sticky side together, and flushed down the toilet. These patches are dangerous if not flushed immediately after use.
  5. Remove or destroy all identifying personal information on the empty medicine container labels, including prescription and medical plan numbers.
  • You can destroy personal information by covering the information with a black permanent marker and/or by scratching it off.
  1. Wrap the medication mixture and empty containers in newspaper or a paper bag to help conceal them, then wrap them in a trash bag. 
  2. Store the packaged waste away from children and pets.
  3. Place the packaged waste in the trash on the day your garbage is collected or taken to the landfill.