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Medicine Disposal

How to dispose of your medicines

An estimated 250 million pounds of unused medicines are improperly disposed of each year, thereby threatening our ecosystems and overall health.* Improper disposal also increases the risk of accidental poisoning and drug abuse. Learn how to protect yourself, friends and family from prescription drug abuse at awarerx.org.

Get rid of your medicines safely in one of the following ways:

1. Bring your medicines, in their original labeled container, to one of the following locations for safe, free disposal. This program is available for all non-controlled substance medicines.

The pharmacy, by law, is not able to take back controlled substances including Adderall®, Ambien® (zolpidem), codeine, oxycodone, Oxycontin®, Percocet® (oxycodone-acetaminophen), Ritalin® (methylphenidate), Valium® (diazepam), Vicodin® (hydrocodone-acetaminophen), Xanax® (alprazolam) and others.

2. Step-by-step instructions for getting rid of your unwanted medicines.

* According to Sharps Compliance, a national medicine take-back company.