How & Where to Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Medications
DRUG TAKE BACK LOCATIONS
To find a Drug Take Back location near you, use this collection site locator!
NEVER FLUSH OR DRAIN!
Unused or expired prescription medications should never be flushed or poured down the drain. These potentially dangerous pharmaceutical substances can contribute to contamination of our water supply if not disposed of properly.
How to Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Medications
Programs and Drug Take Back Day
Whenever possible, take your unused prescription drugs to a collection program or event – New Hampshire’s Drug Take Back Days happen, at minimum, in the spring and fall of each year. You may safely dispose of controlled and uncontrolled substances, over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, creams, non-aerosol sprays, vials, and pet medications at these events.
Local police departments
If your prescriptions contain narcotics or other controlled substances, contact your local police department to find out if the police will accept them. Some police departments will accept non-controlled substances too, but you should be sure exactly what yours will accept before dropping off items.
Permanent Drop Box Locations
There are permanent drop box locations at many police departments and select Walgreens pharmacies. Find a permanent drop box near you.