New drop-off box allows safe, convenient disposal of unused or expired medications
If you’ve got old pill bottles rattling around your medicine cabinet and don’t know what to do with them, the city now offers an easy way to get rid of expired and unused medications. A new permanent kiosk is now open at the civic center to accept these and other items for safe disposal.
Leftover medications should never be flushed down the toilet or washed down the drain, as they may not be removed in wastewater treatment facilities and can end up polluting water sources. Throwing items in the trash isn’t a good idea either, as these drugs can damage the environment or end up in the wrong hands. The safest and best way to discard medicine is through designated safe drop-off locations.
The medication disposal kiosk is a large, bright green box located near to the police department window at the civic center. The box is open during regular hours for the police window: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Accepted items include:
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter medications and vitamins
- Medicated ointments, lotions or patches
- Liquid medication (small volumes in original, non-leaking containers)
- Unused injectable medications, such as EpiPens (MUST be unused with the needle still inside)
- Unused inhaler canisters (no plastic holders)
The following items are NOT accepted in the kiosk:
- Illicit or illegal drugs (including marijuana or marijuana products)
- Needles, syringes and other sharps
- Pressurized canisters or oxygen
- Medical tools, supplies or other medical waste
- Empty containers
To ask questions or arrange to drop off large quantities of medication, call 303-289-3657 to speak with someone in the police department’s property & evidence unit. Learn more about the importance of safe drug disposal at TakeMedsSeriously.org.