What Can You Take Back?
Properly disposed of the medicines your family use.
Pharmacy and law enforcement take-back programs accept most medicines. However some prescription medicines, like certain pain relievers and stimulants, are considered controlled substances and can only be returned to locations that accept controlled substances.
How do I dispose of my sharps or other wastes that are not accepted?
Some medical wastes, like sharps and thermometers, should be properly disposed of using the option that’s right for each waste. For safe disposal of needles and syringes, ask your pharmacist or contact your local Health Department or call 1-800-RECYCLE (1-800-732-9253)..
What you can bring to a medicine take-back program
|YES: Items Accepted||NO: Items Not Accepted|
|Prescription Medicines: Law enforcement locations can accept all medicines. Additionally some Pharmacies can accept most medicines except for controlled substances.||NO: Some Pharmacies cannot accept prescription medicines that are controlled substances. Dispose of these at a locations that can take controlled substances.|
|Over-the-counter medicines||NO: Needles/Lancets/Syringes|
| Pet Medicines
|| NO: Empty containers
| Medicated ointments and lotions
|| NO: Bloody or infectious waste
|Inhalers|| NO: Personal care products(non-medicated shampoo, etc.)
| Liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers (up to 12 oz.)
|| NO: Hydrogen Peroxide