Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs
- Find a prescription drug drop box at a police department.
Keep the medication in its original container. Use a permanent marker or duck tape to cross out your personal information, or remove the label.
Make medication less appealing. Mix your drugs (liquid or pills) with hot water to dissolve them. Add an undesirable substance, such as salt, ashes, saw dust, used coffee grounds or kitty litter.
Contain and seal. Place it inside a container such as an empty yogurt or margarine tub to ensure that the contents cannot be seen and tape it shut.
Throw out the container in your trash can. Do not put the container in your recycling bin!
- Dr. Richard Kamin talks about Prescription Drug Abuse - 20 seconds (WMV)
- Parents - 60 seconds (MP3)
- Dr. Richard Kamin talks about Prescription Drug Abuse - 60 seconds (MP3)
- Local Drug Take Back Events
- Contact the Prescription Monitoring Program at (860) 713-6073 or visit the household drug take back program web page to find out if there is an event taking place near you. While waiting for a collection event, keep all medications in a safe, secure place in your home out of reach of children.
- If your business or organization is interested in establishing a household drug take back program, the Household Drug Take Back Planning Guide (pdf, 146KB) will provide you with all the information you need.
- Sample Fillable Flyer to promote a drug disposal event (pdf, 159KB)
- Sample controlled substance inventory sheet (pdf, 7KB)
- Sample non-controlled substance inventory sheets (pdf, 7KB)
- Drug Enforcement Administration Take Back
Why Not Flush?
- Flushed medications can get into our lakes, rivers and streams. Research has shown that continuous exposure to low levels of medications has altered the behavior and physiology of fish and aquatic organisms.
For more information, please call (860) 713-6073 or e-mail us at DCP.email@example.com.
- What Parents Need to Know About Prescription Drugs (pdf, 278KB)
- How to Dispose of Prescription Medicines and Over-the-Conter Products (pdf, 64KB)
- Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
- Medication Drop-Box Program - Local Disposal of Unused, Unwanted or Expired Meds
- Mantenga los Medicamentos Seguro - Spanish