Prescription Drug Drop-Off Locations

Prescription Drug Use in America
Roughly half of Americans take at least one prescription drug daily, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of people using five or more prescription drugs increased from 6 percent to 11 percent over the last 10 years.
Unfortunately, most U.S. communities do not offer programs to properly dispose of waste medications. As a result, many As a result, many consumers keep drugs in their possession because they do not want the drugs to go to waste or do not know how to dispose of them properly. Concerns about the safety and environmental risks posed by keeping medication in the home have prompted some local and state governments and other organizations to initiate drug take-back programs.
Reasons for Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

1.  Safety Reasons
  • Prescription DrugsUnused medication in the household may contribute to growing rates of prescription drug abuse among Americans, particularly teenagers.
  • Drugs are now the #1 accidental killer in the U.S., with the vast majority of deaths caused by prescription medication.
  • A White House study last year found a 400 percent increase in substance abuse treatment for addictions to prescription pain relievers between 1998 and 2008.
  • The second most common type of drug abuse by teens after marijuana was prescription drugs.
  • Many teens erroneously believe that it is safer to use prescription drugs than street drugs.  Nearly 60 percent of people ages 12 and older obtain prescription painkillers for free through friends or family.
  • Drugs can be the motivation for a burglar to target a specific home.
  • By the numbers:
    • 61 - Average number of pharmaceutical drug deaths per day in the U.S.
    • 12 million - Americans 12 and older who have used prescription drugs non-medically.
    • 90% - Increase in poisoning deaths between 1999 and 2008, many due to prescription drugs.
2.  Environmental Reasons
Uncontaminated Environment
In the absence of waste pharmaceutical collection programs, residents are often instructed to flush unwanted pharmaceuticals down toilets or dispose of them in the trash. There is a concern that these practices contribute to the contamination of surface water, ground water, and biosolids. Wastewater-treatment facilities cannot filter the drugs after they are flushed.
The presence of pharmaceuticals has been linked to abnormalities and impaired reproductive performance in some aquatic species.
Proper Disposal Methods
  • In the Trash

    People can, if no other method exists, dispose of drugs safely in the trash as long as they make them inaccessible or at least unattractive to would-be drug abusers.  This can be done by emptying the unused or unwanted medications into an inconspicuous container and mixing them with an inedible substance such as plaster of Paris, old paint, or used kitty litter before tossing the package into the trash.  Mixing these substances with the pills reduces the likelihood of someone obtaining and ingesting the pills. 
  • Collection Programs

    The state of Ohio is making dozens of drop-off boxes available to Ohio counties for the collection of prescription drugs in an anti-drug abuse effort.
    The secure mailbox-style boxes will be positioned inside law enforcement offices for the disposal of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs.
    Drug Disposal Site
The Greenhills Police Department building
is the closest disposal site.
Acceptable Drugs
prescription and over-the-counter pills
(pour pills into baggie/plastic bag and seal)
Unacceptable Drugs
liquids, syringes, aerosols, pill bottles/containers