Prescription Drug Disposal

Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

Although beneficial when used properly, unwanted, unused or expired prescription medicines can be a public safety issue. If left on bathroom shelves or tossed haphazardly in trashcans, they can be targets for abuse. In addition, thousands of pets are poisoned each year by ingesting medications, and fish in waterways dirtied by flushed medications show indications for size and developmental damage.

St. Charles County residents can properly dispose of unwanted medications at a kiosk located in our station lobby. View a list of other kiosks in our community.

Follow these steps when disposing of unwanted medications in the St. Charles County Police Department lobby. Please note: Other police departments, companies, etc. listed in the link above may have different disposal procedures. 

  1. Keep medication in its original container.
  2. Remove or blacken out all personal information, but leave the name and dosage of the medication visible.
  3. Bring medication to the disposal kiosk.

Accepted Medications

  • Prescriptions
  • Prescription patches
  • Prescription medications
  • Prescription ointments
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Vitamins
  • Samples
  • Medication for pets

Prohibited Items

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Inhalers
  • Aerosol cans
  • Ointments, lotions or liquids
  • Medication from businesses or clinics
  • Needles (sharps)
  • Thermometers

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