Unwanted Medicine Dispsoal

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Learning Center

If you have expired or unwanted medicines to get rid of, here’s what you should know:falling pills

  • Medicines that are flushed down a toilet or washed down a drain ultimately end up in our water supply.  The chemicals used to manufacture today’s medicines often cannot be removed by the wastewater treatment process.  So, PLEASE DON’T FLUSH MEDICINES!
  • Stockpiles of old, unwanted medicines can become the target of those looking for drugs to abuse. Every 25 minutes someone dies from a prescription drug overdose; learn more at Bitterpill.IN.gov.
  • There are now five permanent unwanted medicine drop boxes located around the county:
    • Avon Police Station | 6550 E. US Hwy 36–available during normal business hours (Mon-Friday, 8am-4:30pm)
    • Brownsburg Police Station | 31 N. Green Street–available 24/7
    • Plainfield Police Station | 1075 W. Main Street–available during normal business hours (Mon-Friday, 8:30am-5pm)
    • IU Health West Hospital | 1111 Ronald Regan Pkwy, Avon–available 24/7, near the elevator in the lobby of the Women’s Center.
    • Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office | 925 E. Main Street, Danville–available 24/7 in the lobby of the County Jail
  • Unwanted medicines are also accepted at the District’s Tox-Away Days thanks to the generosity of the Hendricks County Substance Abuse Task Force and the Hendricks County Health Department.
  • Regardless of the disposal program you utilize, leave medicines in their original container.  Personal information (your name, address, phone number) may be removed, but the name, original quantity and prescribing pharmacy information should remain on the container.
  • Don’t forget that over-the-counter and pet medicines should be disposed of in this manner as well.
  • Mail-in medication disposal programs are also available through some local retailers.
  • If you have questions about how to properly dispose of your medications, please contact us.  We’ll be glad to help!