Safe Opioid Disposal

Stopping the opioid epidemic starts with removing risk from our homes.

Why dispose?

To protect your family and your community:

  • Every 10 minutes a child visits the emergency room for medication poisoning
  • Three in five teens say prescription pain medication is easy to get from their parents’ medicine cabinet
  • 12.5 million people age 12 and older misused opioids in the last year

How do I safely dispose?

Find a year-round approved opioid collector near you on our interactive Opioid Disposal Map.

Find a medication Take Back Event in your community.

Tell me more about the Take Back Events.

Use your household trash as a last resort.

Step 1

Mix opioids (do not crush) with used coffee grounds or kitty litter in a plastic bag and throw in household trash.

Step 2

Scratch out personal information on prescription label and dispose of original medicine container.

Do not flush your opioids

While flushing medications down the toilet may seem like a safe way to dispose, this leads to pharmaceuticals being discharged into our surface and groundwater. Managing unused, unwanted, and expired medications is a safety as well as an environmental concern.