Prescription Drug Disposal

What do I do with unused medications?

To protect both the environment and fellow humans, it is very important to follow the proper steps when disposing of prescription drugs.  Please note that most prescription drugs should not be flushed down the toilet or drains for disposal.  The following are suggestions to help you safely dispose of prescription drugs:

  • Take unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs out of the original container.  Remove all personal information from packaging (i.e. use a black marker) before throwing the container in the trash.
  • Make the medication unusable by mixing with an undesirable substance, such as coffee grounds or kitty litter.  You can also crush or dissolve the medication with a small amount of water, and absorb the liquid medication with flour, table salt, or another non-toxic substance.
  • Next, put the disguised/destroyed medication in a non-descript, impermeable, non-transparent container, such as an empty can or plastic container.
  • Flush prescription drugs down the toilet only if the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs doing so.  Please refer to the Office of National Drug Control Policy website at for a list of medications that the FDA advises flushing down the toilet instead of throwing in the trash.
  • Keep an eye out for community prescription drug take-back programs, which allow the public to bring unused drugs to a central location for proper disposal. This is the best way to dispose of unused prescription drugs!

Disposal of Household Generated Sharps

Information on disposal of household generated sharps:
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DUMP locations

Residents will be able to get rid of their unused medication at the following police station  locations:

  • Brunswick Division of Police
    4095 Center Rd.
    Brunswick, OH 44212

  • Brunswick Hills Township Police Dept
    505 Substation Rd.
    Brunswick, OH 44212

  • Hinckley Police Dept
    1410 Ridge Rd
    Hinckley, OH 44233

  • Lodi Police Dept
    110 Ainsworth St.
    Lodi, OH 44254

  • Medina County Sheriffs Office
    555 Independence Dr.
    Medina, OH 44256

  • Medina Township Police Dept
    4877 Fenn Rd.
    Medina, OH 44256

  • Montville Township Police Dept
    6665 Wadsworth Rd.
    Medina, OH 44256

  • Seville Police Dept
    120 Royal Crest Dr.
    Seville, OH 44273

  • Spencer Police Dept
    109 North Main St.
    Spencer, OH 44275

  • Wadsworth Police Dept
    120 Maple St.
    Wadsworth, OH 44281
    (The drop box is located inside City Hall on the first floor. It is accessible when City Hall is open)

  • Westfield Police Dept
    6701 Greenwich Rd.
    Westfield Center, OH 44251