Unused pharmaceuticals are a common sight in medicine cabinets. These drugs create potential for abuse and may cause environmental and health concerns when disposed of improperly. Studies have shown that pharmaceuticals are present in our nation's waterbodies. Further research suggests that certain drugs may cause ecological harm. Preferred disposal options for unused medications are available through the sources listed below. If you are unable to drop off your medications for preferred disposal, please see the link for the Pollution Prevention Institute video on the kitty litter/coffee ground method of disposal.
- Douglas County Sheriff's Office Safe Disposal of Medication Program
Accepts all prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbal remedies, supplements, veterinary drugs, and liquid medication in leak-proof containers. Secure drop-off box located in the west entrance lobby of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center at 111 East 11th Street open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except holidays.
- City of Lawrence/Douglas County Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Accepts uncontrolled pharmaceuticals from Douglas County residents on an appointment only basis. Call 832-3030 for an appointment.
- DEA Drug Take-back Program
Accepts all pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs during scheduled take-back day events.
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment Medication Disposal Program
Lists locations that accept uncontrolled pharmaceuticals, click on the map to find drop off locations in your area.
- Poison Control
Toll free 24 hour hotline: 1 (800) 222-1222.
- DEA Controlled Substance Listings
- EPA Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products Page
- Pollution Prevention Institute
Video guide for kitty litter/coffee ground method.