Disposal of Prescription Medications & Sharps

Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired drugs or medications you no longer use? How should you dispose of them? Find the answer in our disposal resources:

Prescription Medicine Bottles

The Coalition has identified several types of safe disposal programs for self- injectors. Instead of placing sharps in the trash, self-injectors are encouraged to use an alternative disposal method.

Drop Box or Supervised Collection Sites

Sharps users can take their own sharps containers filled with used needles to appropriate collections sites:

  • Doctors' offices
  • Health departments
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmacies

Services are free or have a nominal fee. Check with your pharmacist or other health care provider for availability in your area.

Mail-Back Programs

Sharps users place their used sharps in special containers and return the container by mail to a collection site for proper disposal. This service usually requires a fee. Fees vary, depending on the size of the container. Check with your health care provider, pharmacist, yellow pages, or search the Internet using keywords "sharps mail back."

At-Home Needle Destruction Devices

Several manufacturers offer products that allow you to destroy used needles at home. These devices sever, burn, or melt the needle, rendering it safe for disposal. Check with your pharmacist or search the internet using keywords "sharps disposal devices." The prices of these devices vary according to product type and manufacturer.