Home medical waste

Do not flush or put prescription medicine down the drain.

By law, once a prescription has been issued, the pharmacy cannot take it back.  


Unused pharmaceuticals found in the trash may be stolen for unregulated use, or eaten by animals if  unsecured.

Antibiotics kill beneficial microbes in septic and wastewater treatment systems. Other medications, even at very low concentrations, may have serious detrimental effects on fish, other aquatic life, and drinking water.

The Abington, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanover, Hanson, Hull, Kingston, Norwell, Rockland, Scituate, Weymouth and Whitman Police Departments (MedReturn) each have a kiosk for unwanted medications at their main stations, open 24/7, no question asked.

BID-Plymouth, 275 Sandwich St., has a MedSafe kiosk in Urann Lobby.

Walgreen's 24 hour pharmacies in Quincy, Randolph and Stoughton host Safe Medication Disposal kiosks.


Alternatively, and for non prescription medications:

For pills: crush and pour powder into secure container and put in trash.  

For liquids: pour into a rigid container with inedible material like cat litter, coffee grounds or dirt and seal.

Hide containers in the trash. Only recycle if empty rigid plastic container.

The Drug Enforcement Agency also coordinates semi-annual National Drug Takeback Days.