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What Can You Take Back?

What you can bring to a medicine take-back programs.

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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 controlled substances and can only be returned to law enforcement locations.  Find out what you can bring or  find a take-back location near you.

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). For other wastes that are not accepted, click here to find out what you can do

What you can bring to a medicine take-back program

Yes Substances Icon  YES: Items Accepted No Substances Icon  NO: Items Not Accepted

Perscription Medications

Yes Substances Icon  Prescription Medicines:

Law enforcement locations
can accept all medicines.

Pharmacies can accept
most medicines except for
controlled substances.



No Substances Icon  NO: Pharmacies cannot
accept prescription
medicines that are
controlled substances.  

Dispose of these at a
law enforcement
take-back location.

over the counter medications

Yes Substances Icon  Over-the-counter medicines

No needles

No Substances Icon  NO: Needles/Lancets/Syringes


Yes Substances Icon  Vitamins

No Thermometers

No Substances Icon  NO: Thermometers

pet medications

Yes Substances Icon  Pet Medicines

No Aerosol Cans

No Substances Icon  NO: Aerosol cans

Yes Substances Icon  Medicated
ointments and lotions

No empty containers

No Substances Icon  NO: Empty containers


Yes Substances Icon  Inhalers



No Substances Icon  NO: Bloody or infectious waste


Yes Substances Icon  Liquid medicines in glass or
leak-proof containers (up to 12 oz.)

No personal care products

No Substances Icon  NO: Personal care products
(non-medicated shampoo, etc.)

Yes Substances Icon  Medicine samples No Substances Icon  NO: Hydrogen Peroxide
No Substances Icon  NO: Business waste
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