Unwanted and unused pharmaceuticals pose several challenges to the environment and to public safety.
Pharmaceutical compounds can escape into the environment because of improper disposal and through the urine of those using the medications. Wastewater treatment plants and septic systems usually do not treat, or only partially treat, pharmaceuticals, so chemical compounds from these substances pass through treatment plants and septic systems into our rivers and groundwater.
Under federal law, only law enforcement agencies and pharmacies can collect unwanted and unused prescription drugs. In addition to the permanent sites listed below, your local law enforcement agencies may hold prescription drug take back events. Check with local law enforcement for schedules.
A list of permanent sites, updated regularly, can be found here.