Pharmaceutical Waste

What to do with leftover medication

Many Ohio residents have expired or unused pharmaceutical products in their medicine cabinet and don’t know what to do with them. Unused drugs can create a risk of unintentional overdose or illegal abuse if not properly disposed. However, flushing medication in the toilet can contribute to water contamination and may cause harm to aquatic life. To safely dispose of leftover pharmaceuticals from the home, the best option is to take them to a collection event or permanent pharmaceutical drop-off.

  • Click on your county to find a permanent pharmaceutical drop-off location at a local law enforcement office near you.
  • Rx Drug Drop Box maintains a website to help you locate a law enforcement drop-off location in Ohio.
  • Every six months, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors a national one-day take-back event.  Check their website for upcoming take-back events and locations.
  • If none of these options work, contact your local solid waste management district to see if they are sponsoring a local collection event or know of other available options.

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