Unused or expired medication can pose a risk to children, family members, and the environment. It can also be misused or abused, leading to serious complications, overdose, even death.
You can dispose of unused or expired medication safely, easily, confidentially, and for free in a MedReturn Drug Collection Kiosk at eleven Boston Police Department Stations. The kiosks are open to all residents, 24 hours a day, seven days a week-- no questions asked. This is a safe, effective, and sustainable way to dispose of prescription substances.
What is collected?
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-Counter medications
- Pet medications
- Sample medications
- Pills, capsules, inhalers, ointment & patches
- Liquids in glass or leak-proof containers
What is not collected?
- Bloody or infectious waste
- Aerosol cans
CLICK HERE for a map of the collection kiosk locations.
Important disposal information to remember:
Scratch out all identifying information on the prescription label to make it unreadable. This will help protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.
If the drug label or patient information that accompanies the medication has specific instructions for disposal, follow those carefully. Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet unless this information specifically instructs you to do so.
Do not give medications to friends. Doctors prescribe drugs based on a person's specific symptoms and medical history. A drug that works for you could be very dangerous for someone else.
This permanent disposal system is a collaboration between BPHC, Boston Police Department, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The MedReturn Drug Collection Kiosks were purchased by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.
What else can you do?
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?
- Safeguard Your Medicine
- Keep prescription medicine in a secure place.
- Count and monitor the number of pills you have.
- Lock up your medicine.
- Educate Yourself & Share Resources
- Share information with family, friends, and neighbors.
- Talk to youth about the risks of underage drinking and abusing prescription drugs. Children who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs than those who do not get that critical message at home.
- Get Help
- If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-855-494-4057. Addiction is a treatable disease. And there are many paths to recovery. Let us help you choose yours.
- Nasal Narcan is the antidote to opioid overdose. To request a nasal Narcan training, call 617-834-1784
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