Safe medication disposal


Home, safe home

Protect your family against misuse of all medications by safely disposing of prescription and OTC medications at select Walgreens pharmacies.

How safe medication disposal works

Simply bring your unwanted, unused or expired medication to a Walgreens safe medication disposal kiosk and drop it in—just like putting a letter in a mailbox.

Medication disposal list

Accepted items

  • *Prescription medications, ointments & patches
  • *OTC medications, ointments, lotions & liquids
  • *Pet medications
  • *Vitamins
  • Restricted items

    • ^Needles, inhalers & thermometers
    • ^Aerosol cans
    • ^Hydrogen peroxide
    • ^Illegal drugs

Find a safe medication disposal kiosk

Dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications at a Walgreens near you.

We're working to expand access to safe medication disposal kiosks. If don't live near a kiosk, call your local police department and ask where to dispose of your unwanted medications.


Where can I find a safe medication disposal kiosk?

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We have installed more than 1,000 safe medication disposal kiosks across 45 states and Washington D.C.

When can I drop off my medications?

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Safe medication disposal kiosks are available during all regular pharmacy hours.

Who collects the medication?

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We work with a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-authorized vendor to collect and safely dispose of the medications.

Why aren't there kiosks in all states? Will you add more locations?

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We have installed safe medications kiosks in states where regulations allow.

We are working with other healthcare organizations, including AmerisourceBergen, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Pfizer and Prime Therapeutics to expand access to safe medication disposal kiosks to 1,500 Walgreens stores across the U.S.

How much medication have you collected in safe medication disposal kiosks?

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We've collected more than 270 tons of medication since the program began in February 2016.

How else is Walgreens encouraging safe medication disposal?

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Walgreens continues to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Days held twice a year.